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Friday 30 January 2015

Poka and Mia: At the Cinema

Kitty Crowther is an award-winning Belgian author/illustrator, whose books have been translated into twenty languages. In 2010, she won the world's most prestigious prize for children's literature: the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Now, for the first time, her delightful Poka and Mia series has been translated into English, for an entirely new audience to enjoy.

Poka and Mia are two insects; Mia is the child and Poka is the parent. Through a combination of simple words and endearing illustrations, Kitty Crowther brings vividly to life all the frustrations that can arise from a simple visit to the cinema.

First, Mia has to take all her dolls with her to see the film, and of course, they each need a seat of their own. Then, just as the film is about to start, Mia decides she needs a drink. She's really really thirsty — and so are the dolls. So out they all go to buy refreshments. After a few more distractions, the film is over and Poka's barely seen any of it, but Mia and (most of) her dolls have had a great time.

Oh, how I could identify with this story!

Young readers will love the smaller format of this picture book, with the short stretches of text on the left and illustrations on the right. They'll also find plenty of cute details to smile at in the character-filled illustrations. Parents should enjoy a chuckle or two, as well.

Poka and Mia: Football is also released this month, with Wakey Wakey and At the Bottom of the Garden to follow in April 2015.

Title: Poka and Mia: At the Cinema
Author/Illustrator: Kitty Crowther
Publisher: Tate Publishing, $14.99 RRP
Publication Date: January 2015
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781849762434
For ages: 4+
Type: Picture Book