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Monday's Ball, a New African Children's Picture Book, Teaches the Power of Perseverance, Kindness, and Empathy

Lagos, Nigeria - 12/10/2018- Monday's Ball, a children's picture book by author and illustrator Segun O. Mosuro, teaches children the power of perseverance, kindness, empathy, and hard work. Published in June 2018, the Monday's Ball paperback is available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. It's also available in eBook and audiobook formats.

 Image of the Cover of the Monday's Ball Picture Book Paperback

Monday's Ball tells the story of a boy who loved to play football but was always left out by his peers because he wasn't considered good enough. His quest to buy a ball to practice the sport sends him on a thrilling adventure he would never forget.

Book Trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHnHVHGt5k8

A diverse work, Monday's Ball exposes children to cultures underrepresented in classic children's books. Monday's Ball is set in Nigeria and features African characters and fish found in the Lagos Lagoon and Gulf of Guinea. Encouraging conversations about culture, and the exploration of new ones, Monday's Ball is a valuable cultural tool that exposes children to diversity and traditions that may be unfamiliar in their day-to-day lives.

"It is becoming more and more important for all kids to see positive representations of themselves in the books they read. I wanted to paint a picture of life on Lagos Lagoon and the people that live there. Hopefully, children around the world will be able to relate to Monday and his friends," said Segun O. Mosuro.

Monday's Ball is the first in a series of African-themed children's books planned for publication by Plasmoid9 Productions under their Plasmoid9 Kids imprint.

Monday's Ball is available online on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, as well as in eBook and Audiobook formats. The paperback currently retails for $8.99.

Available on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Mondays-Ball-Segun-Mosuro/dp/9789655630

Available online at Barnes & Noble:
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mondays-ball-segun-omosuro/128805063?ean=9789789655632

eBook and Audiobook formats:
http://www.mondaysball.com/ebook.html
http://www.mondaysball.com/audiobook.html

About Segun O. Mosuro

Segun O. Mosuro is a Nigerian animator, writer, and illustrator. From an early age, he loved storytelling. He trained as an animator, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Animation & Visual Effects from Academy of Art University, and later, a Master of Arts in Multimedia from California State University, East Bay. He now lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria as an animator and designer on animated television shows, commercials, and films. His latest work, Monday's Ball, a children's picture book, is now on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Contact Information

Website: www.MondaysBall.com

Facebook: @MondaysBall

Media

Company: Plasmoid9 Productions Limited

Location: Lagos, Nigeria

Contact: Segun O. Mosuro

Email: info@plasmoid9productions.com

Phone: +234 9085020306



Contact Info

  • Title: Monday's Ball
  • Author: Segun O. Mosuro
  • Contact: info@plasmoid9productions.com

Author Bio

Segun O. Mosuro is a Nigerian animator, author and illustrator.


From an early age, Segun loved storytelling. He trained as an animator, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Animation & Visual Effects from Academy of Art University, and later, a Master of Arts in Multimedia from California State University, East Bay.


He now lives and works in Lagos as an animator and designer on animated TV shows, commercials and films.


Book Info

Short Synopsis

A young boy’s desire to get a football of his own leads him on an adventure he’d never forget.

About the book

Monday sat on the grass watching his friends play football. He longed to play with them, but he had been sidelined for playing terribly. Unlike his friends, Monday had no ball of his own to practice with, so he couldn't get as good as them.

Will Monday get a ball of his own, and fulfil his dream of playing football as well as his friends?

Find out in this tale set in Lagos lagoon, Nigeria.


  • The Paperback
  • Title: Monday's Ball
  • Author: Segun O. Mosuro
  • Illustrator: Segun O. Mosuro
  • Country: Nigeria
  • Language: English
  • Genre: Children's Fiction - Adventure
  • Age Range: 3-8
  • Grade Level: K-4
  • Publisher: Plasmoid9 Productions Limited
  • Publication Date: 25 June 2018
  • Pages: 36
  • Size: 8.5 x 0.1 x 11 inches
  • Weight: 3.5 ounces
  • Binding: Perfect Bound
  • ISBN: 978-978-965-563-2
  • Nigerian Print Run RRP: ₦3000
  • International Print Run List Price: $8.99

  • The Kindle eBook
  • Title: Monday's Ball
  • Author: Segun O. Mosuro
  • Illustrator: Segun O. Mosuro
  • Country: Nigeria
  • Language: English
  • Genre: Children's Fiction - Adventure
  • Age Range: 3-8
  • Grade Level: K-4
  • Publisher: Plasmoid9 Productions Limited
  • Publication Date: 2 July 2018
  • Pages: 38
  • File Size: 9.1MB
  • ASIN: B07DNQ92FG
  • List Price: $6.99

  • The Enhanced eBook
  • (contains Read-Aloud Audio and text highlighting)
  • Title: Monday's Ball
  • Author: Segun O. Mosuro
  • Illustrator: Segun O. Mosuro
  • Read By: Alexandria Davis
  • Country: Nigeria
  • Language: English
  • Genre: Children's Fiction - Adventure
  • Age Range: 3-8
  • Grade Level: K-4
  • Publisher: Plasmoid9 Productions Limited
  • Publication Date: 2 July 2018
  • Pages: 38
  • File Size: 9.1MB
  • ISBN: 978-978-965-564-9
  • Format: EPUB3
  • List Price: $6.99

  • The Audiobook
  • Title: Monday's Ball
  • Author: Segun O. Mosuro
  • Read By: Alexandria Davis
  • Original Score By: Segun O. Mosuro
  • Country: Nigeria
  • Language: English
  • Genre: Children's Fiction - Adventure
  • Age Range: 3-8
  • Grade Level: K-4
  • Publisher: Plasmoid9 Productions Limited
  • Publication Date: 16 July 2018
  • Pages: 38
  • Length: 5:51Minutes
  • List Price: $6.99

Reviews

12 December, 2018 - by A 'Wishing Shelf' Book Review

“ A charming story, stunningly illustrated, and with a powerful message for children.”
A 'Wishing Shelf' Book Review

4.5 out of 5

Illustrations: 10/10
Story/Plot: 9/10
Writing Style: 7/10
Editing: 8/10

There are many wonderful elements to this story but by far the best is the fact it is different. Being a parent, I often feel exasperated by the endless Disney films full of big-eyed, ridiculously skinny damsels being saved by a tall, handsome prince. Well this story is different. Not only is it wonderfully illustrated, but the message to children is a message parents will want them to understand.

The refreshingly simple, and the often very clever writing style adds a lot to the story. Admittedly, the odd sentence is a little clumsy. But, overall, there is plenty of pace to the story, and the ending will bring a smile to anybody’s face.

There is a small array of characters in the book, and most of them are interesting and well-developed. The author seems to know the characters very well, even if they are only in it for a line or two. I am particularly fond of Monday and the boy’s mother; both are richly devised and have a depth often only discovered in books thirty chapters longer.

Although I loved the story, it was the drawings that drew me in. The layout of the story needs a little work, but the style of the illustrations is excellent. In fact, not just excellent, they are stunning! The illustrator is fantastically talented at showing the reader everything they need to see to help them to not only understand the text but also to add to it. I find many picture books too ‘Disney’, but this book has a wonderfully ‘classic’ feel to it which I very much enjoyed.

So, would I recommend this book? Absolutely! I would think any child aged 5 – 8 would find the characters intriguing, and the plot mesmerizing. Also, and this is important, I think parents would not only enjoy it too, but would be happy with the message cleverly hidden away in the folds of this quirky tale.

All in all, a well-thought out story backed up by a very artistic pen. I would imagine young children – and parents – enjoying this book for many bedtime reads.

A ‘Wishing Shelf’ Book Review
www.thewsa.co.uk

27 October, 2018 - by la_jits on Instagram

“Totally get this for all the kids in your life...”
@la_jits

My mom’s friend’ son, @segunmosuro wrote a children’s book called #MondaysBall and it’s sooooo good. I’m not just saying this. I don’t know him or his mom personally. I just know there’s a kid’s book in a house that has no kids and I read it. Monday’s Ball is a really cute, positive story for kids about hard work and doing the right thing even when it’s a sacrifice.

 

I haven’t read a proper children’s book in ages and at the end of this I was filled with ALLLL the awwwss and good feels!!! - I’ve been reading a lot of discourse about the dearth of quality African children’s publications and here’s a perfect example that there’s hope.

 

@segunmosuro both wrote and illustrated this @plasmoid9kids #ChildrensBook and it’s a story that is identifiable as being African but that also will have a global appeal for kids of any background.

 

Totally get this for all the kids in your life (ages 3-8)- it’s available at Terrakulture, Glendora, Quintessence, Laterna and also online on Amazon. It’s also available in ebook and audiobook formats so someone can read it to your kids FOR YOU!

 

If you go to the website www.mondaysball.com there are activity sheets and coloring pages that you can download and print for free. I’m about to get coloring on my own sheets because #babygirlforlife (although I don’t think I’m using that correctly here).

16 September, 2018 - by @mbyjohnson on Instagram

“An amazing book.”
@mbyjohnson

I love this book. It reminds me of myself. Let’s not give up or change our values, while on the journey to fulfilling our dreams. I bought this book @lagoscomiccon yesterday by @segunmosuro of @plasmoid9productions @plasmoid9kids An amazing book. Great work God Bless you @segunmosuro


Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why did you write Monday's Ball?

Monday's Ball started as an animated short film idea. It was supposed to be about a boy who wanted to catch fish, but couldn't catch them to save his life. It was always set in Lagos Lagoon.


Overtime, my idea about the kind of story I wanted to tell changed, the medium through which I would tell it also changed. I wanted to tell a story about dreams, and the value of hardwork.


2. Where is Monday's Ball Set?

Monday's Ball is set in Lagos Lagoon, Nigeria. To be specific, the riverine communities in Yaba, Lagos.


3. How were the illustrations for Monday's Ball created?

Being both the author and illustrator of the book, I had a clear vision for the illustrations. Sadly, I didn't quite achieve what I had in mind, the book's cover is the only illustration in the book that comes close to my original vision. I hand-painted 37 illustrations with Acrylic paint on Arches Watercolor Paper (both hot press and cold press).


4. One of Monday's friends in the book looks very light-skinned. Is he caucasian?

He's actually an Albino. You rarely see them featured in the mainstream children's books, and I feel strongly that we need to paint a full picture of the diversity in the world, especially for young children. This will help make them more tolerant and less prejudiced citizens of the world.


5. There seems to be a subtle ecological message in Monday's Ball, was it intentional?

The point of the book wasn't to preach an ecological message. The story kind of found its way there. We all know what generally happens to whales that get beached in Nigeria. I feel it's okay to show young children that it's nice to be kind to animals, especially when they're not out to attack you.


6. Who is your favourite children's picture book writer?

That's a tough question, there are so many authors and author/illustrators doing great work in this space, I really can't pick a favourite. That said, I really like Roald Dahl, Julia Donaldson, Oliver Jeffers, Peter Brown and Jon Klassen.


7. You're an animator, and your publisher is a Nigerian animation studio. Are we going to see Monday's Ball animated some time in the future?

Yes, we have an animated television spin-off idea in development, but we can't get it animated right now because there's no money for it just yet. We also want to see how the world responds to Monday's Ball, so we don't waste our time and money creating something people don't want. We need to see how the book performs, and we'll be able to judge whether it's commercially viable to produce it.


However, we're working on an animated short film that ties into the story in Monday's Ball. We'll be posting teasers on our social media handles, please follow us @plasmoid9kids to keep up with the project.


8. Are there any more books in the pipeline?

Yes! I have two more children's picture books in the works. I'm also writing a Young Adult novel, but I'm not sure when it would be released. They're all Nigerian-themed.


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