Welcome to my tour stop for Ice Cream Work by Naoshi! This is a children's picture book and the tour runs September 28 - October 9 with reviews, interviews and more.
About the Book:
Publisher: Overcup Press
Price: $14.99 hardcover
appropriate for ages 3 and up
Where will Ice Cream Man work next??
Ice Cream Man knows there’s lots of work to be done!
Whether it’s cheerfully posing next to chocolate cake, beaming team spirit as 1/8th of a sunflower, or glowing bright as he becomes a fabulous night light, Ice Cream Man is ready for the job!
This delicious, quirky children’s book by internationally acclaimed Japanese artist Naoshi combines a whimsical story with colorful sunae (sand art). A “Look & Find” section challenges youngsters to scour the pages for small details, and a “How To Make Sunae” section guides readers step‐by‐step through a “sand painting” art project of their own.
“Ice Cream Work is a meticulous and stunning piece of art. The story exudes a loopy, anarchist joy: chronicling the adventures of a hardworking and stylish frozen dairy confection and his eclectically industrious week.” Dale Bayse, author of Heck, Where the Bad Kids Go series
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.
Advance Praise for Ice Cream Work:
“Naoshi’s work is original and unmistakably recognizable. With a dry sense of humor, appreciation of fashion, video games, fine pastries, and just plain fun, each piece by Naoshi is a finely made confection with a charm all her own.” — Ben Zhu, owner of Gallery Nucleus
“Naoshi represents everything I love about contemporary Japanese art: one foot in history, one foot in pop culture, two skilled hands, and her head firmly in a cloud of unadulterated enthusiasm for making art.” — Matt Wagner, author of The Tall Trees of Portland and The Tall Trees of Tokyo
“Naoshi’s pure approach to her art form is inspiring: knowing that the shiny bright colors that bring her stories alive are tiny grains of sand always transfixes me. Naoshi is one of today’s greatest artists.” — Carrie Gifford, founder & creative director of Red Cap Cards
"Some people bury their heads in the sand. Some draw lines in the sand. Sunae artist Naoshi does both: creating surreal worlds alive with wit and whimsy, one vibrantly colored grain of sand at a time. Ice Cream Work is a stunning piece of meticulous yet oddly spontaneous art that is as sweet and cool as a pint of handcrafted ice cream. The story has a loopy, anarchist joy about it, rather like The Point by way of Cibo Matto, where a hardworking and stylish frozen dairy confection guides readers through his eclectically industrious week, even divulging how much he is paid for his days of outlandish toil. Children, hipsters, and anyone with an eye for the absurd will thoroughly lap up Ice Cream Work: from the top of its rainbow sprinkles right down to the tip of its sugar cone." Dale Bayse, author of Heck, Where the Bad Kids Go series.
I think all of us agree that we love ice cream! I wish I had the talent that some people seem to just grab out of the air and make something from a simple concept as ice cream into a creative book to be enjoyed by all!
It's a great illustration for children, but I found myself smiling also because who doesn't dream of ice cream cones dancing around? I guess it's the kid in all of us, but, it's clean, honest and very funny to see ice cream going to work, playing golf and then just enjoying itself before going to bed.
It also has a sublime message that we all have to go to work and do a job, just like ice cream. This book can be used as a very powerful message to young minds and even old minds. Or if nothing else, just enjoy a story about how ice cream spends it's week!