By: Anne Sawyer-Aitch

Published: December 15, 2014

Publisher: Magic Lantern Press


I’m participating in the PUMP UP YOUR BOOK Book Tour for NALAH GOES TO MAD MOUSE CITY. To see more information and visit other stops on the Book Tour, click HERE.

I reviewed NALAH AND THE PINK TIGER back in June of 2013, (see my review, HERE) the first book for Anne Sawyer-Aitch. I was impressed with it’s imagination and vivid illustrations and this one is just as impressive.

Nalah loves to pretend and she’s good at it. She creates magical worlds and has fun with the characters she creates. In this story, Nalah gets mad because she seems to be in the way while her family is preparing for a party. So, instead she disappears into her secret cave and end up traveling down a tunnel in her sock drawer to Mad Mouse City where they like to eat her socks and consider her the Sock Queen.(Maybe that’s where all our missing socks go!) After she returns from Mad Mouse City, things get pretty crazy when all her cousins get involved in the fun Nalah creates.

The illustrations are vivid and bright and add lots of personality to the story. The pages will make your child laugh and want to spend time looking at all the details in the illustrations. The author is also the talented illustrator using a special illuminated illustation that layers the colors, creating a batik-like design. They truly are unique and grab your attention.


If you like finding unique books for your child full of imagination, creativity, and wonderful illustrations, I highly recommend the books by Anne Sawyer-Aitch.

Anne Sawyer-Aitch

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 for the last two years. NALAH GOES TO MAD MOUSE CITY is her second book. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For more on her books or to purchase a copy, visit her website, HERE. You can also find her on Facebook, HERE and HERE

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