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Thursday, March 11, 2021

Anonymouse, written by Vikki VanSickle and illustrated by Anna Pirolli. tundra, Penguin Random House. 2021.$21.99 ages 4 and up


"Across the sky a colony of bats was settling
in for a good day's sleep, when they noticed 
something unusual ... 

... very unusual. There was no explanation, 
only a name.


Anonymouse is an up-and-coming graffiti artist whose works are meant to speak to the many animals trying to stay safe and healthy in their often inhospitable urban environs. Using an eye-catching pink spray paint, the artist demands the attention of rats, bats, birds, ants, raccoons, dogs, squirrels, cats, rabbits, even a snail. The images bring joy to the creatures affected by the artist's work, and a giggle to those reading the book. As time marches on, things change. 

"The art faded, became obscured
or disappeared completely. 

There hadn't been anything new from 
Anonymouse in a long time.

The tables are turned. Now, the creatures worry about the artist. What has life in the cruel city done to the tiny mouse? The animals have learned to look at their landscape differently. They have their tiny mentor to thank for their own artistic view of life as they now live it. Readers learn that Anonymouse has no intention of stopping her good work. 

The many sweet stories told in the accompanying artwork are sure to lead to focused attention and lively discussion about animals, art and the environment.                                                                                


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