Please note: There are two versions of this book which look VERY similar. I read the version for kids since I wanted to review for my daughter, but there is also an adult version. This review is of the youth version. If you want to check out the adult edition here.


Genre/Topics: Autobiography, South Africa, racism, humor, books for kids, young reader book

Length: 304 pages

Release: 4/7/2020

Cost for New Copy:  $8.99 on Kindle, $8.99 Hardcover, $7.04 paperback

Ages: 10-17 for Youth Version

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was such an enjoyable, easy read. But don’t mistake that fact for the book being shallow. There were wonderful, often hilarious, stories interspersed with difficult social situations and heartbreaking racism. Trevor Noah does an amazing job splicing the complexities of South Africa society with the innocence of childhood. 

I read the young reader’s version so I could preview it for my daughter, but there is also a version for adults (from what I understand, there isn’t much difference with the exception of changing a few things to be more kids friendly). 

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and finally got my daughter (11) to start reading it. She’s been really enjoying it as well.

Honestly, reading the entire book is worth it just to read the story about the dance performance and the kid nicknamed “Hitler.” I was laughing so hard I was in tears. Close runner up: the poop demon. Absolutely hysterical.

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