Title of Picture Book: Mang Andoy’s Signs
Author: Mailin Paterno
Illustrator: Pepper Roxas
Publisher and Country (may be self-published): Ilaw ng Tahanan Publishing, Inc., PHILIPPINES
Publisher’s Blurb: Mang Andoy the signmaker is given the challenge of a lifetime when the Mayor barges into his workshop one day and complains, “It’s chaos out there! Nobody’s following the rules!” How then can Mang Andoy create signs that would turn their unruly community into law-abiding citizens? The art of persuasion is delightfully unveiled in Paterno’s richly nuanced urban tale brought to street life by Roxas’s zany imagination. Children will be all the wiser to learn that how you ask is just as important as what you ask for.
Theme (Self, Friends, Family, Places, Celebrations, Nature, Technology, etc): Places, Self
5 Keywords (other than themes): Rules, Courtesy, Road Safety, Directions, Order and Chaos
Brief Review (in under 50 words): Beautiful contradictions!
“Ms. Roxas’ illustrations complement Ms. Paterno’s prose. The images I conjured is enriched through her collages. There is so much to see and to take in in every page. A feast for the eyes! That part of the book where Mang Andoy puts up the signs is an invitation to play with the author and the illustrator. Ms. Roxas provided an environment where members of the community are seen reacting to this attempt of creating order in chaos. Ms. Paterno further challenges the reader to interact not only with the written word, but the spaces in between them. There is something hidden there. The silence in these spaces made me wonder. And then, there is that arrival at an AHA moment. Oh, what fun!” – Zarah Gagatiga
Where to buy or borrow (if available): www.tahananbooks.ph
ISBN Number (if available): ISBN: 978-971-630-182-3
Submitted by (could be your preferred name, including pen name): Tahanan Books