The room was quiet as the kids waited for the show to begin, but as soon as Auntie Nannybucket, portrayed by Anne Sawyer-Aitch, appeared, things were anything but quiet. You have pretended a bucket was an elephant foot before, haven’t you? The small audience giggled. I think they were starting to get an idea of what they were in for.
The show, based on the picture book by Sawyer-Aitch, Nalah and the Pink Tiger, is a high energy romp through the imagination of a little girl named Nalah. As puppets of all sorts pop out of doors and windows, it is sometimes hard top believe that there are only two hands back there making everything happen. The thirty minute show was non-stop action with music, scene changes, and occasional projectile props to keep kids riveted.
The story reminded me a bit of Sarah Weeks’ If I Were a Lion or even Where the Wild Things Are (both of which are favorites of mine), and there are certainly plenty of young readers who will relate to the idea of one’s imagination creating a truly wild world. While I haven’t read the book completely, I did peek over my daughter’s shoulder as she paged through it, and I thought Sawyer-Aitch’s “illuminated illustration” style captured Nalah’s boundless energy well and framed it in a kid-friendly window.
If you like this, you might be interested in the last time we explored puppets at the library. If you get a chance to see the show in a small group like we did, maybe you’ll get a behind-the-scenes tour. It is fascinating to get an idea of how one person can make all that action happen by herself!
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