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Friday 28 February 2014

Review: Mi and Museum City

Love a quirky picture book, me, and particularly love quirk when it sidles up to unique. In Mi and Museum City, it's very clear a great deal of passion and creative license has been applied to this work--and I, for one, am enormously grateful.

Museum City is filled with ... museums. There are museums of every single kind you can possibly imagine, from the Museum of Bad Smells to the Museum of Dot and the Museum of Dash. In this city, lives Mi, and Mi is, well, bored of this city. He's tired of the uninteresting buildings containing uninteresting things. And he's more than a tad lonely.

One day while out collecting his beloved pebbles (which he likes to drop from tall buildings to see what sound they make), he comes across a tall creature playing a huge, one-stringed instrument. That creature's name is Yu. The pair get along famously, and Yu even joins Mi in his favourite pebble-dropping pastime.

As they play, Mi has an idea--there should be a museum for pebble dropping and one-stringed instruments! But of course, the Mayor says no. Only important, unfunny things can be housed in museums!

Can these new friends convince the mayor otherwise?

This is a gorgeous, rich, inclusive story that will resonate strongly with kids, and touch the creative heart in us all. The childlike creativity is strong in this one--and this book will besot anyone who thrives on the fanciful (ie: every kid ever born).

I simply adore both the voice and the imagery from this talented author/illustrator. I love her warmth, openness and vibrancy. I love the busy-bee pages with so much to look at and enjoy, it will keep kids engaged for hours. The illustrations would have to be some of my favourites, ever.

Interestingly, there is no title page nor imprint information, although there is a fabulous pull-out map with some publisher details included. But that's what I love about this kooky book. It's different.

Can't wait to see more from this clever debut author/illustrator.

Title: Mi and Museum City
Author/Illustrator: Linda Sarah
Publisher: Pheonix Yard Books, $ RRP
Publication Date: 6 February 2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781907912283
For ages: 5 - 10
Type: Picture Book