March/April 2022 Kids Indie Next List
“Mina’s a mouse with better instincts than her father but a heart just as big! Beautifully illustrated with a palette more piquant than Forsythe’s brilliant Pokko and the Drum, Mina is possibly an even more satisfying tale! Delightful!”
— Julie Rowan-Zoch, Old Firehouse Books, Fort Collins, CO
I didn’t think I could love Matthew Forsythe’s new picture book more, but then his publisher sent us these lovely signed and numbered book plates to share with our customers!
MINA is about the sweet bond between a clever, bookish kiddo and her thrill-seeking dad, their adventures with some very questionable houseguests, and the power of a great story. It’s a really fun blend of warmth, charm, suspense, and hilarious reveals, and the illustrations are GORGEOUS!— From Front Page Booklist 2
Named Best Picture Book of the Year by Kirkus Reviews and Shelf Awareness
“Marvelous mouse-sized mischief for all ages.” —Booklist (starred review)
From the creator of the acclaimed and beloved Pokko and the Drum comes an emotionally resonant, “richly imagined” (The Horn Book, starred review) picture book about trust, worry, and loyalty between a father and daughter.
Mina and her father live in a hollowed-out tree stump on the edge of a pond on the edge of a forest. Nothing ever bothers Mina, until one day, her father brings home a suspicious surprise from the woods.
Should Mina trust her father—or listen to her own instincts?
Matthew Forsythe is the author-illustrator of Pokko and the Drum, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, a recipient of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Honor, and a Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book. He is also an illustrator for animated films and television. His credits include Adventure Time, The Midnight Gospel, and Robin Robin, a stop-motion animated musical from Aardman Animations and Netflix. Visit him at ComingUpforAir.net.
— Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books -- * STARRED REVIEW*
*Matthew Forsythe brings to Mina a dry, droll humor and exquisite watercolor, gouache and colored-pencil illustrations. Patterns abound in the earth-toned pages: flower parasols, pack baskets, stylized butterflies, "antique art" (postage stamps). Mina's "obsessive reader" poses--on her belly on the floor, in a homemade tent, in bed, on her back, even on the back of the cat--will feel exactly right to every bookworm lucky enough to find this treasure.
Discover: A mouse named Mina must contend with the "surprise" her father brings home in this funny (for all ages!) picture book, beautifully illustrated and full of unexpected details.
— Shelf Awareness, *STARRED REVIEW*
Soft, organic forms; fields of glowing color; and shadowy backdrops create a dreamy world in which Forsythe transforms the trying experiences of everyday life into a deliciously suspenseful fantasy.
— Publishers Weekly
*A wickedly humorous cat and mouse tale. Many young readers will identify with Mina, who is so obviously correct and so unjustly dismissed.... Forsythe's wry, concise text is enhanced by stylized and whimsical illustrations in watercolor, gouache, and colored pencil. The visual storytelling is exquisite, drawing readers in to search for the small details, such as the direction of a character's gaze, that tell the real story. The book as a whole is engaging, perfectly paced and full of controlled suspense and biting humor. VERDICT This expertly crafted and delightfully quirky picture book is recommended for first purchase.
— School Library Journal, *STARRED REVIEW
*An unpredictable and uproarious tale, a pleasing blend of Forsythe’s (Pokko and
the Drum, 2019) trademark dry wit and obvious affection. The soft watercolor, gouache, and
colored pencil illustrations conjure a cozy, colorful world of snug burrows, clever details, and
terrific expressions. Marvelous mouse-sized mischief for all ages.
— Booklist - *STARRED REVIEW*
*Mina ... is whip-smart and patiently suffers a well-intentioned but hapless parent. The illustrations [have] are also reminiscent of Pokko with their velvety textures; palette of beautiful coppers, crimsons, and forest greens; and warm glow that emanates from nearly every spread. More, please, of Forsythe’s richly imagined forest worlds.
— The Horn Book Magazine, *STARRED REVIEW