Anansi, the trickster spider in African folklore, plays a reluctant host in Bobby and Sherry Norfolk’s Anansi and Turtle Go to Dinner.
When Turtle arrives at his house at dinnertime, Anansi has no choice but to share his meal. But after Anansi convinces Turtle to wash his hands first, the spider gobbles down his food without him. Turtle plots his own creative form of revenge that takes place at their next dinner in Turtle’s underwater home.
Accompanied by a jazzy bass score, Bobby Norfolk gives a dynamic performance of his words, conveying the craftiness of Anansi and the initial dopiness of Turtle in his characterizations.
©2008 Bobby & Sherry Norfolk; (P)2008 August House, Inc.
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