Sometimes, a book comes along and you know straight away it is out of the ordinary. You get transported into a magical, whimsical world and bedtime stories come alive. Mikka’s Imagination does just that. I found out about it through Beau Papa (my father-in-law extraordinaire), who knows the creative pair behind the book really well. He gave my little ones a signed copy of the book each. We all love the story, which emphasises the importance of teamwork and helping each other until we get things right.
Crevette has been reading the story to his younger sisters.
Beanie in particular has been fascinated by Kath’s beautiful illustrations of Mikka, Bunnykins and the pink unicorn.
Here is a bit more information about the book by none other than its author, Malou Evans.
My name is Malou, and although originally from Wales, I have settled in Devon into a teaching career after completing a Theatre & Dance Degree at Dartington College of Arts. I am the author of the series of children’s books, Mikka’s Imagination. My fantastic Teaching Assistant, Kath, originates from this beautiful part of the country. With her incredible artistic talent she has ventured into producing and selling artwork that captures the wonderful landscape and characters of the South West. She is the illustrator, the one who brings Mikka and her friends to life through adorable paintings. In fact, one of our book’s unique selling points is that the pictures are all hand drawn and hand painted with watercolours. Each picture is a print of the original artwork.
I had always wanted to write children’s books, and back in January of this year Kath came to me with a proposal. Some of her followers on her Facebook page ‘Forever Framed’ had commented that her pictures would work really well in children’s books. It was from that moment, the moment I excitedly said “yes,” that our adventure started.
Every conversation we had about the book confirmed that we were on the same path with our ideas for the characters, the ethos of the stories and what we wanted to create and share with generations of readers, young and old. This helped propel us into producing and publishing our first book by July and our second is out this month! Kath and I like to get moving on projects and we have our next two books in our minds which we are ready to write and illustrate. We have a website being created, we have had a successful book launch at a local book shop and another planned later this month. Our local papers and BBC news are presenting pieces about our story and we are fast growing a wider network of Mikka followers!
So what are our books about?
Every child has an innate desire to explore through imaginative play. The length of time children continue to do this for is cut short these days due to the increased use of technology. Our series of books encourage children to indulge their imagination and creativity. For us, it is about going back to basics.
The stories all start in the same rhyming way, with the farm waking up and Mikka running out with her letter.
This comforting, familiar beginning enables children to join in as the book is being read to them before discovering what is in the letter and what will happen throughout the rest of the story. Each adventure that Mikka and her friends go on is full of good old-fashioned fun with lessons learnt along the way.
We have fallen in love with the characters in this series. They have grown from adorable pictures into personalities that we have a real affinity for. The name Mikka was created from the initials of the girls in our lives (Madison, Isla and Imogen, Kennady, Kerys and Aria) and each of their fabulous personalities have inspired how our characters behave.
So that is us. This is our story. We hope you join us and become part of our exciting adventure!
Thank you so much for bringing the book to life, Malou. We are fans!
Malou and Kath are giving one of my lovely readers the chance to win a copy of Mikka’s Imagination.
Win a copy of Mikka’s Imagination
How to enter the giveaway:
Check the instructions in the form below. You can pick and choose a range of ways in which to enter. The only one you must click on to get into the draw is the one asking you to leave a blog post comment. You must also write a comment describing what your favourite way to dress up was as a child.
Entries are open until 23.59 p.m. GMT time on 20 October 2015. Good luck!
Win a copy of children’s book Mikka’s Imagination
– The prize will be supplied directly by Malou Evans.
– The giveaway is open to worldwide and there is no age restriction.
– My father-in-law bought the books for my children and I offered to help Malou and Kath promote their book. No payment was received. All opinions and photographs are my own.