The Piano Recital

Akiko Miyakoshi
Akiko Miyakoshi

It's the day of Momo's first piano recital. As she nervously waits for her turn to play, she tells herself, “I'll be okay ... I'll be okay ...” Then she hears a voice nearby, also saying, “I'll be okay ... I'll be okay ...” It's a mouseling! And the little mouse is nervous about her first performance, too. The mouseling invites Momo through a small door backstage, where Momo is amazed to find a miniature theater filled with an audience of finely dressed mice there to watch singers, dancers and circus performers! When it's the mouseling's turn, Momo agrees to accompany her on piano. The mouse audience is so appreciative! But then, as she rises to take her bow, Momo is surprised to discover --- it isn't a mouse audience at all!

Here's another magical, dreamlike picture book from Akiko Miyakoshi, the multi-award-winning and internationally bestselling author-illustrator. The imaginative narrative is woven around the common childhood experience of anxiety, felt by performers but also by every child who faces a new life challenge. Momo serves as a wonderful example to children, using the power of her imagination to understand and work through her feelings. Even the youngest readers will be able to follow this story through the beautiful and fantastically detailed illustrations, which perfectly capture Momo's emotions as she transitions from the real to the imagined and back again.

978-1-5253-0257-2 | Sep 3, 2019
List Price: USD $16.99, CAD $18.99
4-color 7 x 10 1/2 32 pages
Grades: PreSchool To 2 / Ages: 3 to 7

Awards & Reviews

“A soothing, fanciful adventure ...”
— Kirkus Reviews, June 2019
“This story ... fulfills the wish of reluctant recital players (and some nonrecitalists as well) to find themselves in another world entirely.”
— Publishers Weekly, July 2019
“Honoring imagination, this enchanting fantasy offers alternatives and antidotes to anxiety.”
— School Library Journal, Starred Review, September 2019
“Miyakoshi conjures an edgy magic ...”
— Booklist, October 2019
“... among the best bedtime books ever written.”
— Chicago Tribune, November 2019
“... a feast for eyes and ears that children will enjoy.”
— CM Magazine, November 2019
“This lovely little story can be used as a great tool for a child with performance anxiety.”
— ABQLA, December 2019
“... Miyakoshi artfully introduces small sparks of wonder in both the illustrations and story, building up to a whimsical journey.”
— Internal Examinar, July 2021
2019 - Best of the Best books of 2019, Chicago Public Library, Listed

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