Hīznobyūtī is a fun and inspirational story, yet there are poignant parts as well... teaches young kids and reminds adults to be courageous, forbearing, kind, persevering, compassionate and most especially, to be forgiving.
Praise for My Valley
A mix of comical vignettes and broad vistas illustrate an account of the lives and misadventures of a clan of tiny Twims...Like Poochie-Blue, visitors to the valley will be in no hurry to leave.
Ponti's beautiful, intricate illustrations contain strange details hinting at larger stories. The guileless narrative sounds like it came directly from the brain of a child with a vivid imagination...
My Valley marks a particularly exciting addition to the world of translated literature...lush with colorful and stark imagery that readers of all ages will find infinite secrets in. This is a truly unique addition to any storybook collection.
Hiznobyuti is a truly fantastic children’s book that every child should definitely check out!
A wonderfully strange, poignant, and empowering tale of finding one's own place in the world. Bullies abound, but kindness, empathy, and forgiveness loom larger for our long-snouted hero.
An ugly monster sets out on a wonderfully strange journey of self-discovery... Ponti's illustrations—equally rich in warm feeling and surreal, precisely drawn figures and details—give the tale wings... He adventures, slaying a much-larger monster with one colossal sneeze, temporarily transforming himself into a tree, "communophoning" with the stars, and saving a dead planet by waking its sun (and a princess on a nearby satellite), among other heroic feats... Itzabyuti thruenthru.