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Carnaval Animal by Iris De Vericourt

Carnaval Animal by Iris De Vericourt

Animal Carnival

This pop-up book gem Carnaval Animal (Animal Carnival) by Iris De Vericourt is simple and exquisite at the same time. The theme is a classic game of mis-match with 6 animals. Each animal part has a carefully refined shape that works so well when popped up. The plume of the chicken, swirly tail of a monkey, the claw, shell and tail of the lobster, bulging eyes and a fast tongue of the cameleon. Every page delightfully comes to life. The graphical look is bold and simple, the die-cut details are intricate and perfect.

Animal Carnival

We love the simplicity of the visuals and text. On top, there’s the name of each animal alongside their head, then a short description of each animal’s character for their body and tail or feet. When you mis-match you can describe an imaginary animal who’s head is like a fox, its body ‘shelters in its shell’ and has a ‘long spiral tail’. Endless fun!

It’s in French, so great for learning fun & easy French too.

Animal Carnival

Animal Carnival

You can buy a copy from the ever so wonderful Present & Correct where we found it first!

 

 

Cuddly Weather Maps by Corby Tindersticks

Cuddly Weather Maps by Corby Tindersticks

We love wood, we love paper, we love soft textiles. They offer a myriad of tactile experiences for child’s play. Today we’re loving these gorgeous felt toys from the delightful UK brand Corby Tindersticks. These fun interactive toys have a great quirky style, soft for the little one’s hands and will make a favorite staple at home, but we’ve picked them especially for this holiday season because they’re great as travel toys. Light and easy to pack. No worries for breaking anything even if you stuff them into the very last suitcase cranny you thought you didn’t have!

Corby Tindersticks Interactive Weather Map

And while you’re heading off to your holiday destination, what’s more suitable than your little weather forecaster telling you what the weather’s like in your holiday place? They’ll guide you to the right direction of a sunny destination.

For global trotters, the interactive world weather map come in A2 size map of the world, with 8 weather symbols made of felt, with velcro back.

For the lucky people in the UK and Japan, there’s a UK weather map  & Japan weather map too.

Corby Tindersticks UK Map

Corby Tindersticks UK map

Our other favorite is this felt road atlas. Great for a road trip and all parts safe in the back seat!

Corby Tindersticks Road Atlas

Corby Tindersticks Road Atlas

 More Corby Tindersticks lovelies are available on Sister’s Guild.

New on Mr P :  Mini Islands

New on Mr P : Mini Islands

New on Mr P : Paper Island

Today we printed and made these paper islands, a specially created paper toy project by Michelle Romo of Crowded Teeth for Mr P readers. Sweet little island slice boxes that nestle together to form a big island where all the quirky characters can meet. We were having so much fun we almost forgot that she made them for you! ^ ^  So without further ado here they are, follow the link!

 

People by Blexbolex

People by Blexbolex

People by Blexblox

People! Meet a clown, spy, heroine, hypnotist, goddess and a tight-rope walker all and many more are in this beautiful book People by Blexbolex.

People by Blexblox

We bought this book first because of the wonderful illustrations in a retro silk screen print style, with the lovely over lapping effect and limited colors. We were happily surprised by the rich and unusual content! It’s a fabulous book.

People by Blexblox

There are 208 pages of people engaging in all sorts of activities, with different appearances, roles, jobs … real and imagined, with only a short description on top of each, juxtaposed on the left and right of the spread. The coupling of different people is designed to provoke questions and discussion. The relations are sometimes clear, sometimes vague, surprising and witty.

People by Blexblox

You’ll see a biologist and an astronomer, a painter and a tagger, an eccentric and a legend, bystanders and a risk-taker, an astronaut and a day-dreamer … so many people!

There are a few complaints in the Amazon reviews because the book also includes a slave, executioner, amputee, corpse, a migrant in a miserable situation for example. Those that you don’t normally see in children’s picture books, that reflect the diverse, minority and sometimes dark reality of the world.

I think if children are at certain age and are not afraid of facing and questioning these topics, it will only add to learning and expanding their minds.

People by Blexblox

There are over 200 different people illustrated and juxtaposed in beautiful and thought-provoking ways, so be ready for hundreds of questions and endless story-telling if you’re introducing it to a curious child.

People by Blexblox

The book is beautifully made in great reproduction of original screen prints. Oh and the cover folds into a poster too!

People by Blexblox

ps. This post was lost by accident so I had to rewrite it. So we’ve lost a few lovely comments as a result! : (  Sorry!

Crowded Teeth by Michelle Romo

Crowded Teeth by Michelle Romo

Let’s travel to the magical world of Crowded Teeth! 

Crowded Teeth is a whimsical universe where sweet good times, cuteness overload and a dose of delicious weirdness are all awaiting us. This 10 year old brand by illustrator Michelle Romo is filled with vivid characters trying to give you hugs and share their fun adventures with you.

Crowded Teeth by Michelle Romo

As a self-taught illustrator, Michelle has created a wonderful body of work over the years, with her love of Mid-century, Japanese pop culture and all things cute as fuel (along with cookies and naps she says).  She has launched a range of fab products with Land of Nod, collaborated with The Flaming Lips, Sanrio and Disney and continues experimenting with different media, creating sculptures, exhibiting installations, spreading happy feelings from her studio in LA to the world.

We’re super lucky to have something very special from her soon here on Mr P & I can’t wait to share it with you. While the drums roll, today we’d love to show you some of her works. These are only a fraction of the seemingly endless imaginative worlds & cuteness on her site, so check out tons more over there.

Crowded Teeth by Michelle Romo

Crowded Teeth by Michelle Romo

One of our favorites is a series of illustrations called Super Mini Universe. It’s an ambitious project where she dreams up an entire world, from realms in outer space to the underground, densely populated with her cute creatures going about things (maybe something mischievous? it certainly looks like lots of parties are involved). Starting with a kind of overview map of this universe, it carries on with a series of rich illustrations with zoomed in scenes of different areas where you can meet everyone right up-close.  The project is now becoming an on-going extravagant travelling art show with sculptures, plush characters, prints and more!

Crowded Teeth by Michelle Romo

Crowded Teeth by Michelle Romo

Crowded Teeth by Michelle Romo

Crowded Teeth by Michelle Romo

We definitely want to go to there! And make friends with all of them!

Well, we could go on, but I don’t know if we can take too much cuteness all at once here today, there’s 10 years worth of work to browse after all.  We know we’ve left you wanting for more, so take a visit to Crowded Teeth in your own time! ; )

As mentioned, there will be something very exciting for you from Michelle coming up. So we’ll be meeting these toothsome creatures again very soon!