The new children’s book, Justice pon di Road—written by Aliona L. Gibson and illustrated by Andy Chou—was published in January 2014.
Description: Join Justice and his Momma as they experience the sights, sounds and tastes of Jamaican culture on a morning walk. Justice pon di Road is a heart-warming tale about the kindness of strangers and the intrigue of a foreign country. Jamaica’s true beauty lies in its people, whom we learn through this sweet story, hold children in high regard. The phrase “it takes a village to raise a child” has never rang more true than in the Caribbean’s most popular destination.
Books are an important part of the Gibson household since they do not own a television. Gibson was inspired to pen a story about Jamaica after her son Justice, then two, referred to scrambled eggs as ackee, the national dish of Jamaica.
Justice pon di Road includes a glossary of patois words, facts about Jamaica, list of national heroes and other notable Jamaicans and map of the island. The back section of the book also includes beautiful personal photographs of Jamaica.
Beautifully illustrated with modern, realistic images which pay close attention to details of Jamaican culture, Justice pon di Road is a visual delight.
Aliona L. Gibson took her first trip international trip to Kenya as a high school graduate. She enjoys serving as a story time volunteer at her local preschool. This is her first book for children. She lives in Oakland, California.
Andy Chou is a San Francisco-based artist originally from Wuhan, Hubei Province, P.R.C. He holds an MFA from the College of the Arts and is the founder and co-director of the Andy Chou Foundation, a charitable non-profit which seeks to mitigate issues of environmental degradation and social injustice through the power of art and philanthropy. Please visit www.theandychoufoundation.org to learn more or contribute.
You may also follow Aliona Gibson at @AlionaGibson.