Mr. Tweed and the Band in Need Review

Synopsis from NoBrow Press:

Mr Tweed is back with a brand new adventure, and he needs your help once more! He’s come to the zoo to see his favourite 10-piece band perform, but they can’t find each other – can you spot them amongst all the other animals?

A beautifully illustrated search-and-find book from the wacky imagination of Jim Stoten. Children are encouraged to participate in the hunt for the missing band members, who are cleverly hidden within Stoten’s wonderfully whimsical and brightly coloured drawings.

About: Mr. Tweed and the Band in Need is a children’s picture book written and illustrated by Jim Stoten. It was published on 8/22/17 by Flying Eye Books, an imprint of NoBrow Press, hardcover, 48 pages. The genres are picture books, music, and juvenile fiction. This book is intended for readers ages 3 to 7, grades P to 2. According to the publisher’s website, “Nobrow burst into existence in late 2008 as the joint creative endeavour of two friends and ex-St Martin’s alumni: Sam Arthur and Alex Spiro.” They “sought to bring new stories to life, as well as to revive well-worn yarns for new generations of people.” They also “speak with boldness because we are proud: of our team, our collaborators and our fans.” Please see below for more information about the publisher and the author.

My Experience: I started reading Mr. Tweed and the Band in Need on 1/18/18 as a bedtime story for my 6 year-old son and we finished it that same night. After the read, we go back and study all of the illustrations two more times. We love the illustrations! It’s amazing! My son and I love most is the page with the penguins sliding around on different slides all the while the sea lions watch on. It’s fun to notice how each penguin slide in different directions because my son also like to slide on his tummy sometimes. We like the hide and seek aspect and it didn’t take us long to find the missing members of the band.

In this book, readers will follow Mr. Wollo the Walrus and Mr. Tweed as they go on a quest to search for all members of Mr. Wollo’s jazz band before it’s time for them to perform the concert. Each member of the band and their instrument is lost among the busy zoo. Readers are to aid Mr. Wollo and Mr. Tweed in locating the missing band members, be it a sea lion with a brown double bass hidden among the penguins, the flamingo with a red guitar hidden at the zoo entrance, or a lemur with her orange saxophone hidden in the jungle full of tree houses. Each page, the story introduce a new instrument and a new animal surrounding a new location inside the zoo. As each band member is found, they join Mr. Wollo and Mr. Tweed in searching for their remaining missing band members. They could be at the Reptile House or the Aquarium and as readers turn over each page, readers will be surprised by the active illustrations in front of them.

This book is absolutely fantastic for kids! The story allow readers to play hide and seek but the illustrations give kids the opportunity to count and to be a better observer. From the tree houses, kids can count how many blue birds they see and from the penguins playing on the slides, kids can notice which penguins have their heads in the water and their bottom in the air. What I love most are the illustrations and especially that it spreads out over both pages of the book, from left to right. My son also love the Aztec Monkey Trail illustration because it’s so gold and full of ancient ruins! Mr. Tweed’s tall hat is eye catching as well. If you want to keep your kids busy with a book, Mr. Tweed and the Band in Need is for you and I highly recommend everyone to read it.

Pro: illustrations, hide and seek, instruments, animals, zoo, count, observation skills

Con: none

I rate it 5 stars!

Buy it here for free shipping: Book Depository or NoBrow’s Website

About the Author:

Jim Stoten is an illustrator based in London, UK. Over the last several years Jim’s unique style and fun illustrations have been commissioned for an impressive list of clients including MTV, Habitat, Levi’s, Urban Outfitters and The Guardian. He frequently exhibits his work in galleries around the globe, and today we’re lucky enough to catch up with Jim and ask him a couple of questions about how he does what he does best:

What inspires your work?

Certain music makes me feel extremely creative. Usually quite strange music, that has an unusual chord structure, or music which creates a calm but exciting mood of some kind. I also like to listen to films while I am working, especially films that I have seen many times. I think I like to do this, because when I can hear the words, music and sounds of a film I have seen before, I can imagine the visual part of the film easily, and imagining it is more interesting, because then you get a mix between the actual film and your imagination’s version, and this can be very helpful when creating scenes and characters.

Tell us a bit about your process….

I usually do very tiny, very rough sketches in my sketchbook to get a feel for the overall composition of a page. Then, using the sketch as a reference, and with the story in mind, I sort of doodle. I make things up and fill in the spaces and shapes that I made in the sketch, with buildings and people and trees and cars and stuff.

(Photo and info obtained from NoBrow’s Website. Book images obtained from Edelweiss).

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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to NoBrow for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.


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