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Head of Zeus
Every Leaf a Hallelujah
Every Leaf a Hallelujah Ben Okri, illustrated by Diana Ejaita

An environmental fairytale made for our times, written to be read by adults and children, from the Booker Prize-winning author of The Famished Road.

'It was a sheer joy to be able to read this. It is mysterious and magical and true. Children and those who read it to them will love it and long remember it. The illustrations are woven wonderfully around the words; the trees are with you, telling it, writing it. Once read we will know never to take trees or leaves for granted again. A powerful symphony of a story that will resonate for every reader. We hear the wind in the trees on every page. We only have to listen' MICHAEL MORPURGO

In the forest near Mangoshi's village in Africa there grows a very special flower. Mangoshi knows that only this flower can save her mother's life. It can save her village too. All she has to do is find it.

Ben Okri and Diana Ejaita have created a magical world of beauty and colour, an enchanting array of extraordinary trees, each with its own personality and voice. The chief among them, the great baobab, invites us into his branches to travel the world and see for ourselves the perils of not listening to nature. All around us, forests are vanishing, and no one is listening.

Head of Zeus, an Apollo book * Children’s Fiction
14 Oct 2021 * 112pp * £14.99 * 9781800241626
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PRAISE FOR BEN OKRI:

'Ben Okri is that rare thing, a literary and social visionary, a writer for whom all three – literature, culture and vision – are profoundly interwoven' Ali Smith.

'Where fiction's master of enchantments stares down a real horror, and without blinking or flinching, produces a work of beauty, grace and uncommon power'
 Marlon James, on The Freedom Artist
Author
Ben Okri
Ben Okri
Ben Okri was born in Minna, Nigeria. His childhood was divided between Nigeria, where he saw first hand the consequences of war, and London. He has won many prizes over the years for his fiction, and is also an acclaimed essayist, playwright, and poet. In 2019 Astonishing the Gods was named as one of the BBC's '100 Novels That Shaped Our World'.
ALSO BY Ben Okri
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Astonishing the Gods
A Way of Being Free
In Arcadia
Dangerous Love
The Magic Lamp: Dreams of Our Age
The Freedom Artist
A Time for New Dreams
The Comic Destiny
Prayer for the Living
A Fire in My Head
Mental Fight
Wild
Illustrator
Diana Ejaita
Diana Ejaita
Diana Ejaita works as an illustrator and textile designer in Berlin. Born in Cremona, Italy, and of Nigerian origins, her aesthetic pays homage to her lineage.
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