Imagination is what has driven scientific advances, exploration, and the arts throughout the ages. Why do some people have so much more than others? And most importantly, why do we seem to stomp out the precious imaginations of the very young? We should cherish every moment that they have such creativity and unique sight.
Author/artist Anne Sawyer-Aitch does cherish such views in her first children's book in several ways. First, the story itself is about a little girl who populates her home with imaginary creatures, most importantly the pink tiger Tico she "brings" home from the zoo. As the imaginary tiger creates havoc throughout the household, Nalah must take control. The explosion of colorful illustrations that tell the story will remain with you long after the words are finished. The author, who is also a puppeteer, gives a detailed description of how she creates two identical sketches for each page, then colors one layer differently than the other. Next she takes an exacto knife and cuts through the top layer in places to reveal the colors below. The end result is breathtaking and bold, reminding me of African, Indian, and Eastern art all rolled together. Children ages 4-8 will enjoy the book; imaginative children of all ages will enjoy the art!
Check out http://nalahandthepinktiger.com/ to learn more about the book and the author. You'll see her puppets and even learn about an app version of the book.
I received a copy of this book from Pump Up Your Book for review purposes. All opinions are mine.