In this companion to Welcome to Mamoko (2013), the wordless, hunt-and-find scenes depict the next millennium. Only the settings are futuristic, however; the daily dramas are universal.
The opening spread names 32 animals and extraterrestrials, inviting readers to follow a unique thread for each one and to invent a narrative: “You tell the story!” Viewers first witness the characters in tall apartment pods, crisscrossed by ramps. Inside the circular windows and on the streets, these characters establish their identities: rock star, delivery driver, surfer dude, robot-builder and baby in a bubble. The creatures visit natural settings with exotic flora; interact near an enormous, pink transformer, while technicians fiddle with its innards; and revel in a concert and rocket race. Flying surfboards, machines shaped like UFOs and teleportation are among the modes of transport. Situations develop in busy, but not overwhelming, rainbow-hued compositions rendered in mixed media: An ET gets lost, the baby bear’s bubble bursts, a pig falls in love. Fans of the first title will recognize animal types and family names; they may speculate on relationships. An “old world” part of the city, with its adorned buildings and familiar military statue, will send close lookers back to the original to compare the effects of time.
The Mizielinskis have crafted a civilization that is clever and compassionate, hardworking and fun-loving; it is a pleasure to inhabit and visit. (Picture book. 5-8)