When Kondi tells his older brother, Ufulu that he is going to make a Galimoto,
Ufulu laughs at him. Where in the village will Kondi find enough
wire to shape into a truck, a car, even a bicycle? "A boy with
only seven years cannot make such a toy," says Ufulu. But Kondi
is determined to have his very own galimoto by the end of the
In Catherine Stock's vibrant watercolors, the busy life of an
African village forms a fascinating backdrop to the satisfying
story of a boy who makes his dream come true.
Behind the Story
I was intrigued with galimotos and the children who made them
from the first time I saw one in Africa. This story began as a
paragraph in an article I wrote about games and toys African children
make. It didn’t sell but I was passionate about galimotos.
Next I wrote a very long, boring story about a boy who builds
a galimoto, sells it and earns money to go to school. It was terrible.
I never even sent it to a publisher. Finally after listening to
an editor, Dick Jackson and one of my favorite authors, Cynthia
Rylant speak at a conference, I knew how I should write this book.
I was inspired by the children who build these complex artistic
sculptures out of almost nothing. They are creative, imaginative
works of art. The materials are simple but the children practice
to make these often intricate, life-like structures.