The book is based on an Armenian folk chant (khaghig), a highly popular form of verse characterized by humorous subject matter and regular meter and rhyme patterns.
Retold by Alidz Agbabian and illustrated by Anahid Sarkissian, Noonig is sprinkled with sound-based onomatopoeic words, making the story both funny and engaging.
Noonig’s story begins with the heroine—a lovable, agile, diligent and hard-working mouse—is enjoying her daily household chores. Then, all of a sudden, the normalcy is broken—Noonig begins to grow fast and becomes extremely large and, with her, everything in her surroundings becomes larger than life, to the point of going off the page. Thus the reader is presented with a visual puzzle, as the page fits only a part of the big picture.
Noonig’s panic at the oversized scheme of things is dissipated only when she wakes up from her dream. She is happy to be back to reality, and the familiarity of her actual size and that of her environment is reassuring. She learns to appreciate her actual relationship to things.
Age Group: 3-8
Format: Full-color stock, Laminated paperback
Dimensions (in inches): 8.5 x 8.5