Thursday, 9 February 2017

Say What You See: 'Welcome to Mamoko'

A few days ago Girl Child pulled a book off her very full shelf which we haven't read in a while. I'd forgotten how good it is.

'Welcome to Mamoko' by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski is a (mostly) wordless picture book which reminds me slightly of 'Where's Wally?' The first page introduces you to the characters, then you choose one and follow their story.

I love the detail on every page, it's so fun trying to spot the characters together!

We don't have many wordless books which is a shame as they are great for getting your child thinking about what's happening. We take the ability to work out a story from pictures for granted, but children might not instantly understand how a sequence of events fit together. Open-ended stories like this are a good way to ask 'why' questions. And as various characters experience upsetting events, it's also great for talking about feelings and empathy.

I particularly love how so many of the stories intersect - characters come together to help each other, or to catch the bad guy. It shows how our actions impact on other people, how we're all connected and how we can all work together even though we're all different.

Another brilliant thing about this book is that kids can really get lost in it - it's not just one story, it's a whole bunch of them, so they can go back to the beginning over and over to follow a different character. And as there are no words, they can do this fairly independently, although the pictures are so detailed they might sometimes need a bit of help finding their character!

I really recommend this book as a way of developing storytelling, understanding emotions and connections, and keeping an older preschooler or younger school age kid quiet for AGES!!

Linking in with 'Read With Me' by Mama Mummy Mum.


  1. My children love books like this, really gets them engaging, looking and exploring! Thanks for sharing with #ReadWithMe

    1. They're great aren't they? So much potential! Thanks for hosting.

  2. Oh wow I love the look of this book, could he great for reluctant readers or children who are finding reading difficult. Big Picture Press make some gorgeous books. #readwithme

    1. Yes I think it would be great for reluctant readers or pre-readers. It's really good for teaching kids how to interpret pictures. Thanks for your comment!