A multimedia picture book to inform, comfort, and empower children in the time of pandemic
Monster Dance follows an endearingly melodramatic dog, Maurice, and Charlie, an artistic little girl, in a world that’s suddenly gone topsy-turvy. While Maurice voices his greatest fears, Charlie teaches him practical ways to help fight the virus (the “Monster”), illuminating that patience and caution are not fear, but courage. Monster Dance is intended not only to inform children six and under, but to comfort and empower them.
The multimedia ebook will be released in Fall 2020 on Apple Books, Google Play and iOS app stores. The ebook merges read-aloud narration, lightly animated illustration and music — a format signature to Madeleine Editions books. It is scored with “La Valse,” by the great impressionist composer, Maurice Ravel. The hard copy book, sold exclusively via Kickstarter, also includes the quality audio.
Monster Dance pledges a donation of three masks to healthcare workers around the world for every book sold. Moreover, copies will be donated to children’s hospitals across the United States.
Author and Contributors
Guy Gilchrist, Jim Henson’s cartoonist behind The Muppets and other famed series such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Pink Panther, has illustrated a book — available as an enhanced ebook and as a hard copy book — for children ages 3~6. Published by award-winning international publishing house, Madeleine Editions and written by the company’s founder, Eva Lou with read-aloud narration by actor Denis O’Hare (The Goldfinch, Big Little Lies, This is Us), the book, titled Monster Dance, aims to help children cope with coronavirus fears. The book was a doctor’s initiative by Dr. Karen Tsai, a Los Angeles based physician and co-founder of DonatePPE.org, a non-profit organization that procures personal protective equipment to medical professionals working on the frontlines.