Think of this book as a lifesaver of sorts.

“Land of NOW” is without a doubt the most alluring children’s book yet from the dynamic duo of American writer Katie Mullaly and British artist Toby Allen. The fourth offering under Mullaly’s Faceted Press imprint, this magical foray into the concept of being here now is not a subject for the feint of heart. In fact, this writer forecasts a wide demographic of interest for this message of living in the moment, and predicts a readership age range from 9 to 99, for we could all use the lessons to be learned upon these masterfully crafted pages.

From the opening line of “Land of NOW”, Mullaly spins her special brand of swinging, rhyming prose, enticing readers to join her exploration of what happens to a person’s brain when it is befuddled, muddled or in chaos. And before anyone suggests this is inappropriate material to read to children; think again, as we shovel our collective ways through the daily hodge-podge of confusing, powerful images and sounds flooding across our media devices. I think it is fair to say that few current events are properly explained to children, so think of this book as a lifesaver of sorts. These are baffling, mysterious times for many folks, especially our tiniest citizens, and this fun and artful book makes this journey through the Land of NOW even more positive.

Anyone can appreciate having the benefits of a guide through unknown territory, and what better place to have a chaperon than through problem areas of our brain. Everyone has those moments of confusing, mental mayhem, when your head feels like it will burst. But with a few well explained techniques, any of us may work our way back to clarity, peace and calm. For a little person, Mullaly’s singular take on the importance of relying on one’s own ability to reach that serene place, is a treasure of untold value.

While the poetic prose of author Katie Mullaly may be fairly advanced for some, because of the beautiful, comforting and approachable illustrations of Toby Allen, the complex set of messages are served on a platter dressed for visual enjoyment in its finest forms. Even the villains are cute in this book. And what a balancing act these two creators have managed to produce, for many others have tried what Mullaly and Allen succeed in doing so handsomely; to entertain while educating children about a matter so often ignored and yet so critical for our kids to understand.

This is a must-read book for almost all ages (9-99), and one I highly recommend for the urban family especially, for now more than ever our children are overwhelmed with complicated and contradictory messages flooding their soft, impressionable brains. In this book, kids and parents are given powerful tools to fend off those mental monsters, and through the wondrous tradition of storytelling, utilize simple, logical steps to return to our peaceful, natural mental state. Thank you Katie Mullaly and Toby Allen for this magnum opus for our loved ones.

Gregory B. Gallagher is an award‐winning filmmaker, travel writer, and one of the original Canadian writers of the Sesame Street TV Show. He lives on an island in French Canada with his wife, artist Linda Hart.

Wow. I am absolutely blown away after reading Land of Now.

It is hard to stay in the Land of NOW when we are constantly anticipating another book from the Land of…children’s series.  Katie and Toby are my classroom heroes.  I am continually amazed by their ability to create such engaging and visually stunning books that teach valuable life skills to students AND their teachers.  Land of NOW is officially my new favorite in the series (until the next Land gets created, of course).

Francesca Lindgren, 5th grade teacher, Mammoth Heights Elementary in Parker, Colorado

 

The Land of NOW inspires us through its beautiful illustrations and valuable lessons.  We appreciated learning that we shouldn’t worry about things that our out of our control. Thanks Katie and Toby for helping us learn new ways to handle our worries and the stress that can come from being a kid. As a class we always love being transported into the Land of…children’s books.  Living in the NOW is always fun, because once you’re there… you’re never done!

Mrs. Lindgren’s 5th grade class, Mammoth Heights Elementary in Parker, Colorado

Another amazing book!

My kids and I have a hard time choosing our favorite (out of all 4 books), but the Land of NOW does not disappoint! Being mindful and present is probably one of the greatest struggles in our society; not just for adults, but for our children as well—learning how to be present and enjoy the moment we’re given is a process, and this book definitely walks you through that process. Mindfulness is a key aspect in many types of clinical therapy, and even though this book is written for kids, nearly every adult (therapist, teacher, or other professional) I’ve shared it with, agrees that this book can be used to build mindfulness skills for anyone! Thank you Katie and Toby for another well written and beautifully illustrated book that captures the attention of both adults and children!

Hanna Morzenti, MA, MSW, PhD Student

Another Great Journey.

Katie has done it again!!

Her book series is so relate-able, and the newest book, The Land of Now is no exception. This book will be a great tool to teach my children how to find an inner peace amongst the negative thoughts and words they face in their lives.  From my eight-year-old choosing to put down her device and follow her “guide,” to my fourteen-year-old learning to let go of her preconceived notions that sometimes lead us to overlook the good in people.

The illustrations also provide a great representation of the stresses in life.  From the small worry and fret, to the enormous What Is, the characters give perspective for a child but without being overwhelming. The beautiful scenery only makes the story that much more rewarding. I highly recommend taking a deep breath and jumping right into this 4th journey

Jenifer Ray, mother of two

A Must Read at Any Age

The Land of NOW is a MUST read for everyone!  No matter your age, the message in this sweet, poignant book is priceless.  As a life coach, I will recommend this to all my clients.  The message is deep, but delivered in rhyme with beautiful illustrations, making it such a joyful reminder of how to navigate our overthinking. We all need to remind ourselves of the message in this book every day.

Stephanie Barton, Life Dream Coach

Eye-opening, imaginative, and deeply touching.

Katie Mullaly’s newest addition to her “Land of…” series, Land of Now, is eye-opening, imaginative, and deeply touching. Mullaly has brought to light another aspect of human imperfection, one that is ingrained especially deep into us at a very young age. As humans, our thoughts stop us from becoming and choosing who we want to be. We often live in places other than “now” which foster insecurities and doubts about ourselves and the people around us. In the Land of Now, Mullaly shows the reader how important it is to live in the now rather than past and/or future. Allen’s original artistic style gives the reader and child the imagination of what these voices look and sound like to us. His art, creative as ever, even gives us the power to overcome them. Mullaly has gone above and beyond to connect to children across the country and teach them essential life skills to carry with them throughout their lives.

Hayley Lopez, mom-to-be

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