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Wednesday 8 March 2023

Review: Mini & Milo: The Teeny-Tiny Voice

The Teeny-Tiny Voice is the first in a brilliant new series for children about emotional and social intelligence. It features Mini, an elephant, and Milo, who is a rabbit.  

Mini has a voice in her head, a teeny-tiny voice that encourages her to do some things and not do others. 

Sometimes Mini responds and makes a mess, or won't eat her vegetables, or simply gets distracted. 

Other times, Mini gets upset because the voice tells her she's not good enough at something, or that nobody likes her.

The teeny-tiny voice is Mini's subconscious mind.

Eventually Mini is determined to overcome the negative and naughty parts of the voice, and tells it to be quiet. The voice doesn't go away, but Mini tries strategies to control it and finds something that works.

Author Venita Dimos brings her expertise as a lawyer, mediator and coach to the series, with a realistic, fun and funny story that embeds life skills we can all benefit from.

The characters are highly appealing, and illustrator Natashia Curtin's depiction of Mini, Milo and their antics is spot on. I especially liked the way Mini's voice was shown as a smaller, kind of invisible version of Mini herself, just a line drawing, while the real Mini and Milo and other elements of the story were in full colour.

I loved The Teeny-Tiny Voice, and look forward to reading more of Mini and Milo.

Title: Mini & Milo: The Teeny-Tiny Voice
Author: Venita Dimos
Illustrator: Natashia Curtin
Publisher: Walker Books, $25.99
Publication Date: 8 March 2023
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781760656157
For ages: 4+
Type: Picture Book