Here we are to the last day of September. Can you believe that we are headed into October tomorrow? Since October tends to be a month all about the spooky and scary, I am featuring something on the light and fun side. Today, I have a stop on the Ice Cream Work Tour hosted by Candace's Book Blog and Promotions. Ice Cream Work is a picture book with unique and delightful illustrations as well as a creative story. Both my five and seven year old had a great time with this one, and if you have a young reader, this is definitely one worth checking out as it has bright, colorful and interactive illustrations. For my stop today, I have an interview, review and a giveaway. So let's get started.
Here is my interview with author, Naoshi:
At what age did you know you wanted to be an artist?
N: I was about 25 years-old when I knew I was an artist, but Ice Cream Man is a character gleaned from a drawing I first created when I was just 7! I re-discovered this character in 2007 and began expanding his daily life and world. When I started making sunae, I never thought I’d be an artist; I just loved this art form!
The colors in sunae are so vivid and beautiful. Do you ever work in black and white?
N: I really love vibrant colors, so I’ve never used black and white.
We love the smaller characters in Ice Cream Work, too! Did you draw “Ice Cream Dog” or “Pretending Interest Cheetah” before or after you created “Ice Cream Man”?
N: I drew the smaller characters after I created “Ice Cream Man.” I imagined the daily life of this character - his friends (both good and bad), his girlfriend and other creatures around him. I had so much fun imagining these characters.
What are some of your other hobbies?
N: My hobbies include going to rock and dance concerts, reading manga and watching comedies - they make me smile and inspire me.
What other artistic projects are you working on now?
N: I am currently participating in art shows and events in Los Angeles, New York and Japan.
Wow! Naoshi is a busy and talented lady. If you want to see more of her work head over to her website.
Here is my review:
Ice Cream Work by Naoshi
From the mind of Japanese artist Naoshi comes the sweet and charming world of Ice Cream Work. This utterly delicious book tells the story of a humble ice cream cone man whose search for work takes him many places and puts him in challenging situations as he tries to earn a living over the course of a week. Ice Cream Work features surreal characters living in real world situations bursting with color and detail. This book reminds us that everyone has unique traits which make them special and emphasizes the importance of creativity and imagination in daily life. Internationally acclaimed artist Naoshi has created a brilliant and fantastical world of her own full of quirky characters and situations that draw the reader into pages bursting with color. Using shiny colorful sand, known as Sunae in Japan, Naoshi’s distinctive style is instantly memorable and utterly original. In this, her first book for American audiences, Naoshi introduces Sunae through the story, but also in a crafty “How to Make Sunae” section where she provides a step by step process of making “sand paintings” like the ones seen in the book. There is also an interactive “Look and Find” page which challenges readers to spot details they might not have noticed before. Ice Cream Work will delight readers young and old while introducing an exciting new talent to American audiences.
Hardcover, 1st, 40 pages
Expected publication: October 1st 2015 by Overcup Press
Four Stars: A colorful, interactive book for young readers that will stimulate the imagination.
What is a day in the life of an Ice Cream Man like? Find out in Ice Cream Work. A fun, brightly colored picture book with creative illustrations that make every day objects come to life. This book is ideal for young children as it stimulates the imagination and it also provides an interactive section that challenges kids to find images throughout the book. The final section teaches a young reader how to make their own Sunae picture, a sand art creation. If you have young readers who are looking for something unique and fun, this is an interesting book to try.
What I Liked:
- I loved the bright colors and the creative way the author depicted every day items. For instance, Ice Cream Man lives in a freezer, and he drives an ice cream cone car with a pretzel steering wheel. Other normal items such as lemons, eggs, coffee beans and so on have legs and arms. I thought the pictures were whimsical and imaginative, and I like the way they stimulate the imagination.
- My kids loved the interactive section at the end where they were challenged to find different items throughout the story. I liked that it went from easy to difficult. Very fun.
- The story features all of Ice Cream Man's different jobs. It starts out with a normal job, being a scoop of ice cream next to cake and being at a birthday party, but then it quickly becomes more diverse. Ice Cream Man soon finds himself acting as a traffic cone, a golf ball and a sunflower. My kids liked guessing what Ice Cream would be doing next based on the pictures.
- My daughter was delighted that our copy came with a small packet with everything she needed to create her own Sunae Ice Cream Cone picture, of course, since she is seven and it involves sand, parental supervision is required. We had a lot of fun creating our own Sunae picture.
And The Not So Much:
- With each job, there is a job description that lists the job, the qualifications, the hours and the payment. The payment was listed in cream units, but it wasn't explained what a cream unit was and how Ice Cream Man used his pay. My kids didn't get the whole pay scale.
- Even though I loved the pictures, I didn't realize that they were based on actual Sunae, sand creations. I wish that the pictures could have captured the sand detail. Still they were bright and fun.
Ice Cream Work is a wonderful, visually stimulating picture book perfect for younger readers. My kids and I loved the bright and creative illustrations, and the unique jobs that Ice Cream Man performed. We also loved the interactive section where kids are challenged to find certain pictures throughout the book. My daughter was thrilled that our copy came with an all inclusive packet for creating her own Sunae picture. If you are on the lookout for a children's book that is unlike anything you have seen before, definitely pick up a copy of Ice Cream Work.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.
About the author:
Naoshi is an internationally acclaimed Japanese illustrator whose distinctive characters and original style are recognized around the world.
She uses shiny colorful sand to create surreal people living in the real world.
She has participated in a wide range of projects including gallery exhibitions, commercial work, and children’s workshops.
Naoshi is a Tokyo based artist currently living in Los Angeles. Visit Naoshi on her website, Facebook and blog.
As part of the tour, I am able to offer all of you a chance to win A Copy of Ice Cream Work by Naoshi & sunae art kit
Open to US addresses only
Ends October 14th
Please note, the Candace's Book Blog and Promotions and the publisher will be responsible for selecting the winner and distributing the prize.
Here are some samples of the illustrations:
All images courtesy of Naoshi.
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