BOOK TOUR REVIEW: Nalah and the Pink Tiger by Anne Sawyer-Aitch
Nalah and the Pink Tiger
by Anne Sawyer-Aitch
Nalah and the Pink Tiger is a picture book by Anne Sawyer-Aitch. She drew inspiration for this story from her lively little niece, who lives so intensely in her imagination that grown-ups around her view her as a troublemaker. Things come to a head when – in addition to all the exotic animals that Nalah has “placed” in the house – a pink tiger “follows” her home from the zoo and creates havoc. The story also celebrates the joyful explosiveness of a child’s imagination. To illustrate the book, Anne developed a style which she calls illuminated illustration, featuring multiple layers and backlighting that create vibrant, textured pages.
MY THOUGHTS: 4 OUT OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS
This was a cute little story about a young girl that has a vivid imagination and sees wild animals wherever she goes. Nalah goes to the zoo one day and a pink tiger follows her home! The tiger is naughty and fights with the other animals Nalah already has living around her house, but eventually they find a cozy place for him and everyone is happy.
My four year old thought this was a funny story and it was short enough that he was enthralled the entire time I was reading it, so that’s always a good thing. As for myself, I just wish the illustrations could have been just a bit more “polished” but I know that’s not always possible with a small press book.
Nalah and the Pink Tiger is a fun and original tale about the places a wild imagination can take you, and I definitely recommend sharing it with your children.
About the Author
Anne Sawyer-Aitch (pronounced like the letter “H”) is a puppeteer and stilt-walker. Nalah and the Pink Tiger is her first children’s book. She has worked for years with Minneapolis-based groups In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre and the all-women’s stilting troupe Chicks on Sticks. Anne likes to create all kinds of puppets: parade floats, giant stilt puppets, and intricate color shadow shows. Currently, she is performing her Nalah and the Pink Tiger puppet show in English and Spanish around MN. She is a recipient of awards from the Jim Henson Foundation, the Puppeteers of America, the MN State Arts Board, and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. She lives in Minneapolis with her computer genius husband and a pack of imaginary dogs.
You can view her website at http://www.nalahandthepinktiger.com.
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