Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Book Tour and Review: 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

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

We received this book as part of a blog tour to give an honest review.
I really didn't know what to think about this book because the cover looks different than what I normally see with books. I figured give it a try and see if K would like the book. When we started reading the book, we noticed the pictures and the way they were illustrated and I have to say it was different in a good and unique way. 
Nalah is upset because her animal friends left to go on a trip which also leaves her bored. When she makes herself a secret cave so no one will find her (which K thought was really cool and wished for one) she sees she is being watched by Mad Tooth the mouse! Scary right? Well it isn't because Mad Tooth eats her socks! Now I know where all the socks disappear too, Mad Tooth the mouse is eating them! Anyway after talking to Mad Tooth he invites her onto a journey to Mad Mouse City where Nalah gets a parade in her honor. All the mice love her there because of her delicious socks. 
She ends up promising the mice taffy but it doesn't go quite as planned. taffy ends up going every where and it is funny to see where the taffy lands, all the while the kids are having fun just being kids.
K really enjoyed the book and his favorite part was where the kids had taffy in their hair and had different hairstyles.
I recommend this book for kids 5 on up. The illustrations are bright and colorful so they draw you in and you get some humor within the story.

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 & her Nalah and the Pink Tiger show for the last two years. Nalah Goes to Mad Mouse City is her second book. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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