Monday 28 September 2015

Blog Tour Interview & Giveaway - Ice Cream Work by Naoshi


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. Check out the tour page for the full schedule.

Ice Cream Work
Author: Naoshi
Release: October 1, 2015
Publisher: Overcup Press
ISBN: 0­9834917­3­9
Price: $14.99 hardcover
Pages: 40
Ages: Appropriate for ages 3 and up

Book Description:
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.

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Praise for Ice Cream Work “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

Author Interview

1. What do you love most about working in sunae?
N: I have the most fun when I’m working with sand. I love the process of using vibrantly colored sand to transform a white board. I feel very gratified at the end of each project.
2. When learning the art of sunae, what did you find most difficult?
N: Making tiny pictures is really difficult because every line must be cut. I think size is a limitation of sunae.

3. What other mediums do you work in?
N: I don’t use any other artistic mediums aside from sand. Except for glitter. Sometimes I use glitter!
4. Do you identify with Ice Cream Man? If so, what about this character is most like you?
N: I’m most like Ice Cream Man in that I approach every task seriously. He doesn’t set limits for himself; he seeks new challenges. In those ways, I’m like the character I draw. Daily life happens in Ice Cream Man’s world, just like ours. He doesn’t show emotions like joy, anger, sadness or fun, rather he tries his hardest everyday. Being a golf ball, for instance, would be a very dangerous job! His head would be knocked around all the time, but Ice Cream Man bravely meets the challenge. I hope I can be the type of person who enjoys life to the fullest and faces my work matter-of-factly every Monday.

NaoshiAbout 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.


Copy of Ice Cream Work by Naoshi & sunae art kit.
Open to US addresses only.
Ends October 14th.
Prizing is provided by the publisher, hosts are not responsible.

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  1. Thank you so much for hosting a tour stop!

  2. I enjoyed reading the author interview!!

  3. I love that you combined 2 works of art, and made a book. I admire your talent.

  4. The book description sounds really good.