BOOKS
Created: 25th March, 2024

The Magic Callaloo

Author: Trish Cooke
Illustrator: Sophie Bass
Publisher: Walker

COLLECTION

Literature

YEAR GROUP

Years 5 and 6

BOOK TYPE

Corebooks

Brilliantly told and sumptuously illustrated, The Magic Callaloo is based on the fairy-tale "Rapunzel" and inspired by stories of enslaved Africans.

Long ago and far away, a magic callaloo plant grew in a village square. Whoever ate one of its leaves was granted a wish. But a greedy selfish man wanted all the wishes for himself so he stole the callaloo. With only one leaf left, Mister and Missus, desperate for a child, pluck it to make their dream come true. But the greedy man wants everything and he kidnaps their beloved daughter, who will ultimately make the most remarkable escape.

Trish Cooke says, “The Magic Callaloo pays homage to my ancestors and the roads they walked to freedom.”