Hello, everyone! Paul here today. Not too long ago a good friend of mine asked me read and review her picture book. When I received There’s a Mouse on My Head I was thrilled to get a chance to read it. My friend is Dayne Sislen. She is a wonderful illustrator as you will see. I’ve known Dayne for a while and would love to collaborate with her. Now, I just need to find the time to work on my next project. Make sure you stop by the Escape From the Past blog tour and enter the giveaway (click here) as well as the Teresa of the New World Teaser Tour & Giveaway (click here). Now let’s learn a little bit more about illustrator Dayne Sislen from her website, shall we?
I am a member of The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, a professional children’s book illustrator, book cover illustrator, book designer, graphic designer and art director with over 30 years of professional experience. I am very conceptual and have extensive experience branding products, companies and individuals. I have had the pleasure during my long career, to work with some of the most talented and creative people in the business. I can bring that expertise to your project.
I live and work in St. Louis Missouri. I have successfully worked with clients located all over the U.S. using high-speed Internet. It is just as easy to work together using virtual technology as it is working in the same city. I love to work with children’s book authors to expand and illustration their ideas and words into delightful picture books. I have also worked with companies making children’s games and products.
Once I learn about your illustrating needs, I can create illustrations and promotional materials that will enhance or create your company’s branding to make your book or product stand out. I do not just create one isolated project for a client, I make sure that what I am creating is beneficial to the complete concept and vision of their company and branding.
Here is what author Donna Warwick’s website says about her:
Donna Warwick, “Miss Donna”, is a former elementary school teacher and graduate of Webster University. She has been teaching her original Artsfusion, arts integration method to students in preschool through high school since 1994.
In her years of guiding children in creative movement, theatre, singing and art activities, she had the great fortune of meeting families from many cultural backgrounds and has had the opportunity to teach children with a wide range of physical abilities and learning styles. Often teaching as many as 250 students per week, she traveled to public schools, Montessori Schools, Project Base, Reggio, Waldorf, New Age, religious schools and home school cooperatives. Donna is always happy to adjust her programming to meet the needs of each educational approach with all respect.
Now for my review!
What I liked best: The cat! The images of the cat throughout the book are marvelous. Although it is mainly in the background it stole the show for me. I also have to mention that the mouse images were fantastic!
What missed a bit: I have to confess here that I am not an expert on books in rhyme, thus I review with the caveat that I am reviewing from a purely entertaining, readers perspective. With that being said, there was an instance where I thought the rhyme could have been improved (the line about squeezing through the cheese holes), but that is not coming from an expert. I know I cannot suggest a better rhyme. Also, it did not detract from the the overall enjoyment of the book.
Overall: A wonderful read! The story, rhyme, and illustrations come together to make a truly entertaining, enjoyable read. I just love the story and the illustrations. I can’t stress this enough. The illustrations really captured the story and gave it another dimension. Children will most certainly love this book, as will parents reading it to their children. I can envision this book as a staple in households that have family story time. I will spark some great conversations about dinner, nutrition, and the importance of eating your peas!