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sardines of love + atelier caroline’s sardine (+ giveaway!)
Sardines of Love by Zuriñe Aguirre (2015).
This sardine picture book charmed me! Come see!
It stars Grandfather Lolo who loves sardines. (Hence, that tattoo.)
And Gradmother Lola who sells sardines in her fish shop, but hates to eat them. Still, she cooks them for Lolo anyway. (Hence, that tattoo.)
And let me just stop and point out the sweet names Lolo and Lola!
When Lola runs out of sardines in her shop one day, she decides to go fishing. She doesn’t want to disappoint dear Lolo at dinner time! But something tugs and swallows her whole! (Jeff the octopus.) This is the real action of the story, the drama.
Lola gets hungry in the belly of that giant octopus. And guess what she finds? Sardines! Let’s just say she acquires a taste for them and becomes quite the creative sardine chef!
Meanwhile, Lolo’s sadness accumulates in many, many tears. And these two lovebirds are reunited in a place full of love and sardines! Isn’t it wild and sweet?
Sidetone: June means the Festas de Lisboa in Lisbon, Portugal? During the festival, people eat lots of sardines!!
Big thanks to Child’s Play for images!
Do you see the difference between that cover photo and the one at the start of the post? That’s right! Atelier Caroline has created her very own fabric sardine (complete with heart-shaped tail fin!)! I heard about Caroline’s wonderful, whimsical work when she made a This is Sadie doll for Sara O’Leary. And so when I read Sardines of Love, I just had to ask her to create a sardine. And she did!
“I learned to sew when I was 5, in a house with a never ending fabric stash, an industrial sewing machine and without a pattern in sight. From then on, my Barbies had the most ‘original’ and abundant wardrobe on the block. As a teen, I used my skills for myself. I still remember my MC Hammer inspired harem pants and the very red and shinny vinyl mini skirt. After a sewing hiatus of several years, trying to figure out which ‘real’ job would suit me, exploring other techniques and living life as a mom of 2 boys to the fullest, I finally returned to my soulmate craft.
My ‘stuffies expertise’ was developed volunteering at my son’s primary school, sewing book character figurines. I love the challenge of figuring out how to render all the little details in 3D. I’m lucky to have found authors who trust me enough to hire me to bring life to their creations.
You’ll want to check out her etsy shop, Atelier Caroline, home to her dolls and other creations! You can follow her on Instagram as well.
Here’s the best news yet. We’re giving away a copy of the book, Sardines of Love AND Atelier Caroline’s sardine stuffie! Leave a comment on this post and you’ll be entered for a chance to win both!
(N. America only; giveaway ends Friday, June 26 at midnight.)
THE AMAZING HAMWEENIE ESCAPES + 5 other funny picture books
The Amazing Hamweenie Escapes! by Patty Bowman (2015).
Hamweenie the cat, owner of a top hat and delusions of grandeur returns in this hilarious picture book.
That first spread totally cracks me up and tell us everything we need to know about Hamweenie, our narrator. He is not your average cat. He is hyperbolic. He has more of a curly mustache than whiskers and dresses quite dapper.
Hamweenie believes if it weren’t for being held prisoner in the child’s apartment, his life would be grand and spotlighted and full of accolades.
So he makes a break for it, out to the streets of the city. His dream finally comes true.
He heads for the circus where he’s sure to be a hit, at least in his own mind.
The humor comes not just from Hamweenie’s larger than mice personality, but from the way his narration contrasts the illustrations. Where we see subway riders totally uninterested in Hamweenie or a bear in a tutu trying to attack him, he sees adoring fans. His grandiose perception is what makes him so fun to watch.
And Bowman’s illustrations are fantastic, full of so many details, from what lines the shelves of the laundry room to a woman with a candy cane held like a cigarette. And that pink sky is gorgeous. Yes, pops of pink everywhere in this book.
I think you’ll want to visit her website, where you can see more of her work and even print out a mythological creature/snack food fortune teller.
Thanks to Patty Bowman for images!
(With big thanks to Dashka Tolstikova for recommending this gem!)
Your turn! Favorite picture books that make you (or kids you know) chuckle?
pool by jihyeon lee + pool floats
Pool by JiHyeon Lee (2015).
This picture book! That arresting cover delivers on its promises. Beauty, whimsy, stillness, imagination. A blue, blue pool.
There are no words and Lee doesn’t need them to tell her story. Come see!
A boy. An empty pool. You know that feeling, right? It’s all to yourself. The possibility. The play. And then. The crowd. The pool floats. The shouting, running mass. The pool is completely full.
(click image(s) to enlarge)
Not the underneath though. The goggled boy dives underneath those kicking, floating feet. And there’s another goggled girl deep down in the pool.
They swim in a new world only they know is there full of the most strangely shaped fish— tubes and blobs and even a beautiful white-haired whale with an underbite.
These two swimmers share something special. They’ll remove their goggles and shake out their hair and be different than when they first dove in.
Big thanks to Chronicle Books for images!
Pool floats in honor of Pool!
Ice cream sandwich pool float!
The classic swan.
The super popular donut float.
Yep. Dots pool float.