Mo and Beau

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Product Details

Price
$15.95  $14.67
Publisher
Simply Read Books
Publish Date
April 15, 2015
Pages
36
Dimensions
8.1 X 0.4 X 8.0 inches | 0.7 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781927018637
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About the Author

Vanya Nastanlieva was born and grew up in Bulgaria. She studied Textiles and Fashion before getting a BA in Book and Graphic Design from The National Academy of Art in Sofia, Bulgaria. She received her MA in Children's Book Illustration from Cambridge School of Art, England. One of her final projects was highly commended in the Macmillan Prize for Children's Book Illustration 2011. Since her graduation she has been working as freelance illustrator. Her first authored and illustrated picture book The New Arrival was published in 2013 and she is now working on writing and illustrating several book projects. She currently lives in Cambridge, England.

Reviews

"In a recent review of Jory John s Goodnight Already! I noted that the can t go to sleep theme in picture books has been done multiple times as it makes for fun storytelling. Here, in Nastanlieva s beautiful Mo and Beau, a similarly-themed story is told in a fresh voice to great success. The pared-down nature of the story- with just a few words per page of little Mo mimicking big sleepy Beau s actions- really allows for the author s wonderful illustrations to shine. What I adore each time I read through this picture book is the juxtaposition of the coarse, bristly, wild nature of Beau the bear with the lighter, fluid- almost precarious- depiction of tiny Mo the mouse. The contrast in actions of the two characters is done wonderfully here- which makes their final (adorable) sleeping pose all the sweeter. Mo is drawn with such verve and expressiveness: this little mouse, along with Mini Grey s Hermelin, may be one of the most winsome mice I have had the pleasure of meeting in a picture book. Overall, this is a lovely picture book. It would work well for a younger storytime audience- perhaps for a toddler one- to read aloud and have fun with acting out all of Mo s little-big actions. It would also work, as per the book description, as a quiet-down or get ready for bed story, if read in a gradually hushing voice. I found Nastanlieva s illustrations endearing and am keen to go back and read her picture book debut, The New Arrival. Do take a perusal of author/illustrators Nastanlieva s online portfolio if you can; it s well worth the look! Mo and Beau is published by Canadian (Vancouver-based) publishing house Simply Read Books. I have read many titles from this publisher (titles I have reviewed, titles I have come across during my years of work at the library and titles I have personally purchased), and they seem to have a wonderful knack for putting forward distinct, innovative and exceptionally illustrated titles."
"This is a lovely picture book. It would work well for a younger storytime audience- perhaps for a toddler one- to read aloud and have fun with acting out all of Mo s little-big actions. It would also work, as per the book description, as a quiet-down or get ready for bed story, if read in a gradually hushing voice. I found Nastanlieva s illustrations endearing and am keen to go back and read her picture book debut, The New Arrival. Do take a perusal of author/illustrators Nastanlieva s online portfolio if you can; it s well worth the look!"
"Fab Book Reviews""
"Meet Mo and Beau, two instantly loveable characters. Very different in size and stature, but in many ways just the same...Written and illustrated by Vanya Nastanlieva, this touching and humorous tale allows the reader to both release and embrace their inner child. Nastanlieva was awarded highly commended at the 2011 Macmillan Children s Book Prize and it s easy to see why. From the cover alone, we instantly had a soft spot for these two opposing characters...This is a great book to read aloud with a younger or emerging reader. With minimal text and a great bed time theme, it can t fail to please any child or weary parent."
"Picture Books Blogger""