Publication Date: 06-02-2014
Format: Pb, 300mm x 220mm
Extent: 32 pages
Taking quirky to a whole new level...
A hugely enjoyable picturebook jam-packed with detail. You will find yourself poring over the pages for hours.
Mi lives in Museum City. With so many museums to visit, you would think Mi would have lots to do. But he’s bored and lonely; the city is full of museums about uninteresting things and the people who own these uninteresting things. But a beautiful sound leads him to Yu (a big, tall thing) and together they try to persuade Mayor Bouff to open museums about some of the more enjoyable things in life, such as The Museum of Starlit Benches Arranged at Different Heights for Pebble-Dropping and Other Fun Things. Will they succeed and revolutionise Museum City?
The tale of Mi and Yu's publication story is told through Linda's pictures on our facebook page here.
NEWSFLASH: An important public service anouncement from Mayor Boouf's office regarding the contact email address for him that is printed on the back cover of Mi and Museum City: With sincere apologies to anyone who has been trying to contact the Mayor, technical mishappenings are indeed afoot. Whilst his minions work to resolve the matter, Mayor Boouf can be contacted on the alternative email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Extract (rough artwork.) All images © Linda Sarah
About the Author-Illustrator
Mi and Museum City is the picture book debut from talented new author-illustrator, Linda Sarah. You can read Linda's full biography (written and illustrated!) here.Check out Linda's website and blog here.
Linda grew up dreaming of being a fire fighter. That was before she moved to Paris, working as a singer and piano player while raising her son. She returned to Britain and got her Fine Art degree at the Slade School of Fine Art, whilst working as a waitress and a few other small things, like running creative workshops for young people in Tower Hamlets who were going to be re-housed. These experiences were just brilliant and inspiring and full of huge amounts of giggling and models made from string, glue, paper, ridiculousness and imagination.
Readers who like to poor over visual details and eccentric snippets of text will love this unusual picturebook, whose pages are covered with slightly surreal images reminiscent of Spike Milligan’s drawings and jokey captions…. A book that will inspire readers to come up their own mad ideas and silly doddles.
Nicolette Jones, Sunday Times, Children's Book of the Week
An unusual story with an engrossing layout that has the reader going back and forth across the pages to absorb all the intricate details. It repays close attention as there is so much to enjoy, and there's a super poster with an A-Z of the city museums - the detail is amazing.
Parents in Touch
An exciting book about being observant, imaginative and open to the wonder and delight in even the smallest things, an utterly charming and magical debut.
With its intricately detailed, scratchy pencil and wash illustrations this brilliant book is best for curling up with in laps; there are many cameos to comment on and linger over. It will also be enjoyed in classrooms as it lends itself so naturally to encouraging creative, lateral, out-of-the-box thinking.
Mi and Museum City was one of my most anticipated books of 2014 before I'd even read a full copy, and now we've actually got it in our home, it's brought lots of delight and smiles. Appealing to kids' natural passion for collecting the weird and wonderful, celebrating the transformative power of music and our ability to create beautiful worlds we'd like to live in if only we'd give it a go, this picture book by Linda Sarah is charmingly eccentric and heartwarming.
Zoe Toft, Play by the Book
Every page leaps into life as Mi's narrative develops. The style of illustration is redolent of Richard Scarry, although the story has a uniqueness all of its own.
Books for Keeps
Packed with enervating anarchy, puzzling prose, intricate illustrations, charismatic characters, a pull-out poster and, most importantly, a feast of fun, Mi and Museum City offers imaginative children a magical brand of constructive mayhem.
Lancashire Evening Post
There's a lot of humour in the artwork, and variety from page to page... one of those lovely books that would work well with children of all ages.
This is a gorgeous, rich inclusive story that will resonate with kids, and touch the creative heart in us all. The childlike creativity is strong in this one - and this book will besot anyone who thrives on the fanciful (i.e. every kid ever born).
I simply adore both the voice and the imagery from this talented author/illustrator. I love her warmth, openness and vibrancy. I love the busy-bee pages with so much to look at and enjoy, it will keep kids engaged for hours. The illustrations would have to be some of my favourites, ever.
Kids' Book Review
What a wonderfully uplifting and crazy experience it is to visit Museum City along with Mi... If you are fascinated by the minutiae of life then lose yourself within the pages of this [book]; you’ll feel different when you emerge.
Red Reading Hub
Sure to dazzle all those that look inside... Mi and Museum City is a book you'll want to read time and time again.
The Illustrated Forest
Quirky and crammed full of tiny illustrations and annotated drawings, this debut picture book is a delight of detail and a celebration of fun and creativity. Readers will pore over the tiny pictures for hours, spotting something new each time they read it, chortling over the Museum of Ridiculous Staircases and speculating about the Museum of Autumn Smells. A delightful book, full of humour and originality, complete with a pull-out poster.
If ever a picture book were to capture the hearts and minds of young and old alike it’s the stupendously wacky ‘Mi and Museum City’ by Linda Sarah... Visually compelling, uniquely intriguing... This is a genuinely rip-roaring riot of a read.
My Small World book reviews
Every page is totally packed with comic elements both visual and verbal. From the blob animal heroes to the Museum of Unnecessary Words at the Back of Books, each careful drawing is a delight. Prepare to spend hours savoring this book.
School Library Journal
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