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About the Author

Matthew S. Armstrong has loved to draw and paint since he was just a boy and has studied fine arts at the Visual Arts Institute in Sugarhouse, Utah. He illustrated the New York Times bestselling The Chronicles of Narnia Pop-up with pop-ups by Robert Sabuda and The Return to Narnia picture book, which was based on Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis, as well as Rhino, Rhino, Sweet Potato by Francine Prose. Matthew lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (October 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061177199
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061177194
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,250,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matthew S. Armstrong draws and paints and writes. He illustrated the New York Times bestselling The Chronicles of Narnia Pop-up with pop-ups by Robert Sabuda and The Return to Narnia picture book, which was based on Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis, Rhino, Rhino, Sweet Potato by Francine Prose as well as wrote and illustrated Jane and Mizmow.

His short comics have appeared in Flight 3, Flight Explorer and Flight 8 as well as Tori Amos's Comic Book Tatoo and Put That Book Back On The Shelf.

He is currently working on his next picture book for Harper Collins among other things.

Matthew lives with his lovely wife and spunky kids in Sugar House Utah in a very old house surrounded by humongous old trees.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lori Calabrese "Children's Books Examiner" VINE VOICE on November 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Family and friends are the focus of the holidays and if you're looking for a children's book that reminds us how important our friends are, then check out JANE & MIZMOW by Matthew S. Armstrong.

Jane's best friend is Mizmow, a monster. Mizmow's best friend is Jane. It can be hard being best friends with a monster, but the two are inseparable and have lots of fun together. That is until one day, they fight over a warm cap fresh from the dryer and it rips. They're not best friends anymore. However, both Jane and Mizmow realize that things just aren't the same, and there's nobody to share things with. So how exactly can you get your best friend back?

The illustrations help tell the story in this endearing tale of friendship and kids will love watching the story play out in both the text and illustrations. Not only is Mizmow the monster absolutely adorable, I can see young readers wanting a stuffed animal of this little guy. The text is simple enough for emerging readers, but the message is powerful enough for readers of all ages. Can't wait to see another picture book by debut author/ illustrator Matthew S. Armstrong as his art is amazing!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn Morris on October 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
We love the beautiful illustrations in this book, and my six-year old beginning reader was genuinely surprised and delighted by the behavior of the monster "Mizmow". It was so much fun watching him read the words, then make connections with the action in the pictures. He especially loved all the things that Mizmow would eat! I highly recommend this vibrant, warm, lovely book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Coach A on March 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Imagine finding a cap in the woods, giving it a little shake, and out pops a monster. This isn't your everyday monster: it's Mizmow - brown and furry with long floppy ears, twiggy legs, and a rope-like tail. Upon first meeting Jane, Mizmow hugs, licks, swallows and then spits her out. Jane scolds him, and then the new best friends are off to play. Like most best friends, Jane and Mizmow have their differences: Mizmow loves to climb trees, Jane prefers to stay on the ground. Jane enjoys reading books, Mizmow enjoys snacking on books. When they have a little fight and saying "sorry" doesn't work, Jane and Mizmow go their separate ways. The pair soon realizes life's not as fun without your best friend.

The story has a promising beginning with comic book style panels on three wordless double spreads. Varied panel sizes and layout nicely complement the tale. Vertical panels show Mizmow leading Jane up the tree; horizontal panels are used in a seesaw scene. Best as a wordless picture book, the cute cartoon illustrations are the strength of this book as the text does little to enhance the story.

Originally published for the San Francisco/Sacramento Book Review from ARC.
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