If the title didn't catch your attention, than the cover surely had to...if not, adjust your monitor because trust me, it's definitely something to see (more on that later). The story itself invites readers to set free their imaginations as Nalah shares her world of interesting critters. You should feel honored because it's not often she shares them with the world...for some reason or another her parents (friends, and relations in general) can't see them. *blink* _rubs eyes_ Well, I'm not sure what they are looking at because they are as plain as day to me! (^_^)
We start out with Mad Tooth the Mouse, a perpetual sock eater and force to reckon with despite his small stature, continue with Percival Prong. He's a bit hard to sum up in a few words, but I love his character! He's a polka dotted piggy that prefers not to go to market but to lounge around in the bath all day singing pork-ified tunes and reading (Yay!) novels we know (well sorta...though I do believe that the author's last name of "Thickens" may not be accurate...hehe) and love. What's not to like? Next up is Ernestina the Emu, who loves nothing more than to help Nalah with her vegetables (interesting coincidence seeing as how they aren't her favorite thing), and then finally we meet Tico...at the zoo of all places! Let's just say things get pretty interesting (if they weren't enough already) when you you introduce a pink tiger to the mix. The adventure that follows, tops the cake! But that's not even the BEST part of the book...
|Author Anne Sawyer-Aitch|
In conclusion, a great story about the power of imagination that showcases the artistic talents of the author herself. From puppet creator to illustrator and stilt-walker according to her bio, she's certainly a creative mind that has many things to share with the world...so glad she's chosen picture books to be one of those outlets. The images will delight young and old while the story encourages readers to use their imaginations to explore their world...with a gentle reminder to not let them get TOO out of control, like when Tico wreaks havoc upon coming home. (*-*) All good things in moderation.
Review copy received courtesy of Tracee at Pump Up Your Book. (THANKS!) To discover more about this tour as well as those forth coming, be sure to visit them online, friend them on Google+, like them on Facebook, or follow along on Twitter. To learn more about author/illustrator Anne Sawyer-Aitch, stop by her official site, or like her Facebook page. To extend the creative fun even further, be sure to check out the worksheet options on the book site for such goodies as coloring pages and a make-your-own Tico Mask. Then, for a little more digital fun, check out the app for this title - according to the author's site it's interactive AND bilingual! This book was released last year via Scarletta Press and should be available now on a bookstore shelf near you. Now this tour has only just begun, so be sure to check out yesterday's stop over at Sincerely Stacie and tomorrow's visit to My Book Addiction for even more fun!
Until next time...happy reading!