Crazy Boy Crashes the Market by Steve Townsend, is the third in a series of books about a young boy's adventures set in the lakeside town of Kibuye in Rwanda. Market Day is a very important day in Africa. This particular Market Day is very important to Agasazi (the Crazy Boy) as it is the first time he has ever been. He learns lots of new things at the Market, but the most important thing Agasazi learnt was that he can t just take anything he wants. Sketch illustrations throughout the book help show the readers t only events in the story, but also some of the scenery of Kibuye. A map at the beginning of the book helps the reader to relate to Agasazi's movements throughout the story. Crazy Boy the Hero is written for 5-10 years olds, in a narrative style, but from a child's perspective. The book shows that the every day life of a child of that age is magic eugh for great stories. Although the main character of the story, Agasazi, is identified as the craziest boy in the world, his personality is very typical of all children his age and therefore is easy for children to identify with. Whilst the boy himself does t actually exist, his desire for fun, friendship, play and adventure does exist in every child.
Steve Townsend (the author) lived and worked in Rwanda for 10 years for various Development Aid Agencies, marrying a Rwandan woman and raising two boys there, giving him a unique perspective of Rwanda and African culture.