Our post today is by Kellie Diguanco of @secretsocietyofbooks She read Wolfie & Fly with her kids and shares about it here today! Meet illustrator Zoe Si in the shop this weekend; read on for details. Thanks Kellie!
Science loving Renata Wolfman wears the same thing everyday. She doesn’t have friends, and doesn’t need friends. Until her neighbour Livingston Flott shows up and forces his way into her life. Livingston nicknames Renata Wolfie for her lone wolf ways, and he prefers the nickname Fly.
Together the unlikely pair go on great adventures together using their imaginations. Or do they? At the end of the adventure there is always an element left behind leaving you wondering was it real after all (great for read-alouds with your curious kids).
A perfect early chapter book for budding young readers. Energetic and adventurous this set of books will have your young reader wanting more. Zoe’s Si’s ink-and-watercolour illustrations are sweet and so much fun. They give the characters life and draw you right into the adventure.
You might recognize Zoe’s work as she has an ever increasing fan base over on Instagram where she shares comics about everyday life with wit and charm.
Come out this weekend and meet Zoe in person. Register here.
Local author Bree Galbraith has released her second picture book, “Milo and Georgie” illustrated by fellow Canadian Josée Bisaillon and published by Owl Kids Books. You can pre-buy a copy of the book today + pick it up instore at our launch on April 22nd.
Milo and Georgie is a sweet story about two children adapting to change. Their single mother gets a new job in a different city; Milo the older brother, isn’t happy about this at all and decides to give up on having fun all together. Georgie his little sister, wants to get out and explore but Milo has confined himself indoors with the babysitter’s sour lemonade. The tale follows the siblings in their opposite reactions to change, with a happy resolution in the end.
Bisaillon’s water colour and collage illustrations cheerfully lead us through a beautiful city as the text helps us navigate through reluctant feelings and adapting to change. Did I mention that there is also gelato?
On April 22 from 12- 2 pm you can join us as we create a city of our own with Bree herself. Of course there will also be frozen treats! Order your advanced copy and have it signed by Bree, click here for more your book + ticket.
Happy Family Day from Collage Collage.
Drop by the shop and join us for open studio by drawing some portraits of each other or pick up a set of family wooden doll kits and make something great together.
This week are featuring A Family Is A Family Is A Family written by Sara O’leary and illustrated by Qin Leng. A book that reminds us that there are many family dynamics in homes today. Moms and Dads that had kids before they met each other, Moms and Moms, Dads and Dads, Grandmas to Foster Care – all the families are here tucked in the pages of this sweet book. A beautiful way to celebrate families.
We will have this book and some wooden doll kits at the shop and you can join us this week for Drop In Classes where our project will be based on this book.
” A book is a gift you can open again and again” and over at Collage Collage you can find some great ones.
A great book will encourage a life long love of reading. Adding a little gift or making a little piece of art can connect the reader even deeper to that book and will stay with the recipient for a long time. Drop in and find some last minute treasures for the young and young at heart. I put together a few beautiful things for those last minute shoppers.
We Sang You Home and Little You written by Richard Van Camp and illustrated by a local, Julie Flett make a great gift for a new baby or a family welcoming a new little one. These adorable little moccasins are handmade right here in Vancouver by Becky Brisco of Little Edie, the sweetest way to keep those little feet warm.
This set is one of my personal favourites: felt mask making kit with This Is Sadie written by Sara O’Leary and Illustrated by our beloved local favourite Julie Morstad. A gift and book that is sure to ignite the imagination.
Bears Winter Party written by Deborah Hodge and illustrated by our very own Lisa Cinar of Draw Me A Lion, both these ladies reside right here in Vancouver. I gifted this beautiful winter tale to my son along with the sweetest little bear necklace from Cora + Cloud.
There is so much more to choose from so please drop in and take a look around, that Santa guy will totally approve.
(Left to right clockwise)
My Wild Family by Laurent Moreau
The Lost Gift by Kallie George
Mix It Up By Herve Tullet and Illustoria feat Herve Tullet
Sleep Tight Farm: A farm prepares for winter by Eugenie Doyle
Art Bar’s book, Art Workshop for Children
As a little book store and workshop, we come across A LOT of blogs that become books. LOTS. And it’s not always easy to make the transition…or have content that doesn’t repeat what your loyal blog readers have already seen. Transitioning your voice, style and concept to a completely new format is difficult, and not all blogs can make the shift. After reading through Barbara Rucci’s first ever book based on her beautifully curated blog, Art Bar – you’ll be delighted to discover that she’s created an engaging and thoughtful guide with 25 new projects to share with her audience.
Rucci writes alongside Reggio Inspired Educator Betsy McKenna which I really enjoyed and respected. We are hugely inspired by the Reggio Approach around here in all our classes and also offer a purely Reggio class taught by trained ECE professionals. We honor it as an approach and really love to see it presented professionally and thoughtfully. Rucci’s experiences alongside McKenna offers a nice balance in understanding, making the book a great guide for teachers and parents alike. There’s also a lot of room for fun – see the “Still Life with Donut” pic for what I’m talking about!
Art Workshop carries Rucci’s distinct and bright palate throughout the book; you’ll feel a familiarity of the blog, but with new projects to try. There’s also a balanced amount of reflection and encouragement of PROCESS over PRODUCT which is my most favorite element of the book. Also, Bar and I straight up like a lot of the same things – organized materials in glass jars? Check! beautiful art supplies? Check! Lots and lots of found objects and cardboard? Check! Check!
I’m pretty excited to bring a few of these projects into our classes and into my home – which I will share with you soon. In the meantime, you’ve got to see what our friends at mammapappabubba made, complete with candles!
Art Workshop for Children will arrive at Collage Collage soon, stay tuned for when you can pick up your own copy!