STORY Azlene Azlan, art director and founder of MidniteMoonMob, opens up about the sheer joy of creating imaginative books for children. By Sharmita Summugam.
by Azlene Azlan
On MidnightMoonMob It is a creative space where I write and illustrate children’s books, and produce games and art pieces. I had been in publishing for 14 years and enjoyed it
thoroughly, but something was always missing. It was then that I began getting ideas about writing
and illustrating children’s books. The MidniteMoonMob collection I have written and illustrated five children’s books under the series ‘Tales of the Untamed Metropolis’. The fifth book will be out this June, which completes the series. Available at www.midnitemoonmob.com/ ourbooks (Watch out for the interactive version).
Behind the name W Waiting for the Geminids meteor shower one night, I r recall doodling a dreamy moon in pointillism and the name popped into my head. It made sense to use the sketch and MidniteMoonMob to represent me.
Favourite books growing up There were so many! Robinson Crusoe, The Wind In The Willows, Peanuts, The Three Golliwogs, The Tale Of Peter Rabbit ... I could go on and on.
Animal friends ‘Tales of the Untamed Metropolis’ was inspired by my relationships with animals. I’ve rescued many but two stand out: My cat, Little Lion, and a wild sparrow, Luci. I had a very strong bond with them. They taught me patience and unconditional love.
Characters and children My young readers are instantly curious about the stories of these animals. They often ask “Who is that?” or “Is he going to be okay?” They especially seem to appreciate that the book doesn’t speak down to them, and so find it a fun, friendly experience to willingly enter the world of the characters.
The creative process You’d think it’d be easy as the language and storyline is basic but the process is complex. A storybook is a shared experience between an adult and a child. What fuels me: lots of reading, research, and travel.
Unleash the child in you A three-hour hike alone is very therapeutic. When
was the last time you rolled down a hill? Books from the ‘Untamed Metropolis’ series by Azlene Azlan Luci, a wild sparrow rescued by Azlene, inspires her
Meow Little Lion
The Spirited Sparrow
Azlene Azlan, founder of MidniteMoonMob
An illustration of a Harper’s BAZAAR
inspired character by Azlene Azlan
The Carrot Thief by
Moomba by Azlene Azlan