I think this book is unique and cool, so I wanted to share the press release I received about it with you. I listened to some of the music that accompanies the picture book, and it is wonderful!
Upper West Side Apartment Cats Deserve Their Own Picture Book
Playful illustrations and engaging music combine to bring this cute story to life
Moments Musicaux with Marchena and Momo: A Musical Picture Book takes you into the world of two adorable cats. Created by Lindsay Donat and illustrated by Hoda Mir, the story follows the cats as they learn the importance of collaboration and teamwork with a little help from a pair of wise pigeons and one mean flying cockroach.
The classic-style illustrations are done in acrylic paint and colored pencil. They are bright, charming, and have a touch of a vintage feel.
Each scene in the book has a corresponding short original composition that has been recorded by Raphael Zimmerman (clarinet) and Lindsay Donat (double bass), accessed by a link to a youtube playlist. These duets vary in style but are tied together by their expressive and whimsical nature. You can check out the recordings (and more) here: https://bio.site/marchenaandmomo
The story was inspired by the typical antics of Donat’s real-life foster cats, also named Marchena and Momo. Marchena was rambunctious and loved to jump around and cause mischief, while Momo was a bit more reserved and always moved very gracefully. Marchena would bring Momo a bit out of her shell, and he taught her the simple joys of chasing wand toys and lounging in cardboard boxes. In return, Momo taught him how to solve the food puzzles and she always kept a lookout from the kitchen island at night (perhaps for any intruding cockroaches!).
Whether you or your child are a music or a cat lover, or even if you simply enjoy an endearing story, this picture book is worth a read (and a listen)!
Lindsay Donat is an author, double bassist, and composer. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in double bass performance at The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University where she studies with Nina DeCesare. She received her bachelor’s degree in double bass performance from The Juilliard School where she studied with Joseph Conyers, Rex Surany, and Albert Laszlo. She has a passion for teaching and has taught both private lessons and larger classes. She also loves reading, going on walks, making chainmail, and, of course, cats!