Mina (Matthew Forsythe)

Hello, friends! Our book today is Mina by Matthew Forsythe, a hilariously off-kilter spiritual sequel to the author-illustrator’s previous title, Pokko and the Drum.

Mina lives in a world of books and stories, and is generally unbothered by the world around her, even when her father is bringing unusual treasures and loud guests into their home. Mina is pretty forgiving of her father’s eccentricities… that is, until the day he brings home a rather suspicious-looking “squirrel.” Mina does not feel entirely certain that this large, noticeably cat-shaped “squirrel” has the best of intentions, but her father brushes off her concerns readily. Still, Mina decides to keep her eye on her father’s pet “squirrel,” as she feels a little caution in this situation may be warranted (and potentially life-saving).

Hilariously unexpected. Fans of Pokko and the Drum will be well-pleased with this follow-up, which sees a return of Forsythe’s winning combo of warm, otherworldly artwork and wonderfully dry humor. Whichever way you think the story is going, it’s not, and Forsythe expertly subverts expectations with deadpan comedy and absurdist details that bring Mina’s tale perfectly full-circle. The length is perfect for a storytime, and JJ loved the visual gags, especially Mina’s father’s ridiculously oblivious preconceptions about his new pet. Overall, a delightfully unusual and absolutely hilarious tale, and we loved it. Baby Bookworm approved!

(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)

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