Monday, May 11, 2015

Nalah Goes to Mad Mouse City by Anne Sawyer-Aitch

Title: Nalah Goes to Mad Mouse City
Author: Anne Sawyer-Aitch
Publisher: Magic Lantern Press
Pages: 44
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Format: Paperback

The adventures of Nalah continue! One day Nalah finds herself bored and lonesome because all of her imaginary friends have gone away on vacation. But wait – not all. Mad Tooth, the little mouse who lives in her sock drawer, is still busy munching away on her knee-highs. When she finds out why Nalah is sad, she offers to take her down through the sock drawer into a mouse metropolis. The result is a tale of wild dancing, cousins and mice, taffy and a sock monster.
“Gorgeously illustrated with a process I've only seen before in Anne Sawyer-Aitch's 1st book, Nalah and the Pink Tiger. My 4-year-old particularly enjoyed the x-ray view of the stilting guard of Mad Mouse City, and was inspired to make several of her own versions of the illustration. Another fun story with a relatable young girl as protagonist and vivid fantastic characters she encounters.” – E. Bestrom, Good Reads reader

For More Information

  • Nalah Goes to Mad Mouse City is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads. 

About The Author

Anne Sawyer-Aitch (pronounced like the letter “H”) is a puppeteer and stilt-walker. When she decided to create her first book, NALAH AND THE PINK TIGER, she began experimenting with different styles of illustration, and finally discovered a technique that uses her skills as a maker of color shadow puppets. She calls it “Illuminated Illustration”, and it involves cut-away designs, layering, and backlighting. In her capacity as a puppeteer, Anne creates puppet pieces of all kinds: parade floats, giant stilt puppets, and intricate color shadow shows. She is a MN State Arts Board Roster Artist, teaching puppetry all over the state, and has been touring around with her first book for the last two years. NALAH GOES TO MAD MOUSE CITY is her second book. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

My Review

I read this book in the company of my precocious three-year-old friend; he couldn’t wait to start turning the pages. The brightly colored cover drew his eyes, and that continues into the story.
He was captivated by the right from the first page, and couldn’t wait for me to turn to the next set of pictures, and giggles. He loved the dialogue as I read the text to him and kept asking questions.
The author geared this book with the deep rich colors and the dialogue to captivate the young reader, or the adult reading it. One of the friends who travels away and leaves Nalah lonely is Percival Prong the Polka Dog Pig, he lives in the bathroom sink. Now that created a speculation and questions, and a running look into our sink.
What child doesn’t love to see and hear about imaginary lands, and this one has it all with big parades and adventures to Mad Mouse City. Or making taffy and having the candy all over, including their hair, which produced lots of laughs from my friend.
I recommend you pick up this colorful read, it is sure to be a hit with your little ones, and will be requested again and again.

I received this book through Pump Up Your Book Virtual Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.

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