Thursday, October 31, 2013

Something brand new that I know you will love!!!!

Quote of the Day: 

 "I'm writing a book.  I've got the page numbers done."
                                        ~Steven Wright

Everyone loves something new.  Everyone loves a different spin on old traditions.  This book is truly unique and entertaining.  Once I tell you about it I am sure you will be on the lookout for it and grab a copy (or multiples) for yourself and to give away as gifts.

Title:  Hide and Eek!
Designers:  Rebecca Sutherland, Jim Sutherland (Knock Knock)

This book is a wordless, interactive book that is filled full of mystery and discovery.  It is designed to be read under the bedcovers because to reveal the illustrations you, the reader, have to shine a flashlight on the page or hold the page up to another light source to make the magic happen.  When the light illuminates the pages you will find a hidden elephant crammed into a wardrobe,  rabbits popping out of top hats and monsters that materialize under staircases, all portrayed in a fun, whimsical fashion.

The book was inspired by Victorian see-through peep-show cards.  The "hidden" illustrations are tucked into duplex pages, and are only revealed when the light is is shone behind them.  The designers left the book wordless because they thought it was much more interesting letting the child make up their own stories as they proceed through the pages.

The book captures the nostalgic idea of bedtime for parents and gives children an excuse to explore the book while tucked under their covers when they are supposed to be sound asleep.   The book begs for interaction and not just imagination because it literally uses a prop.  The reader lights up the story and experiences tactile reading at its best.   If you decide to give this book as a gift to some lucky recipient be sure to add a flashlight in the package.  I know you will love this creative book and your child will be begging to go to bed,  to turn out the lights which will enable them to read this fun, creative book again and again.


About the Author

At Knock Knock our sensibility is proudly distinct, in contrast to the overwhelming homogenization and conservatism that characterize committee-created corporate product. We believe that many people are intelligent enough to appreciate wit, wordplay, and conceptual thinking, so we strive not to dumb down as we create.
We believe in the Golden Rule, friendly customer service, and shipping quality merchandise on time, though occasionally we are grumpy, and circumstances beyond our control result in tardiness. We suffer fools not gladly, but for the most part we actually like other human beings. Our customers comprise the impish, the dapper, the droll, the young-at-heart, those who prefer the humor of the truth to false feel-good affirmations.
On the highfalutin front, Knock Knock seeks to integrate art and commerce creating original, authentic, noncynical products that support themselves in the marketplace. Our inspirations are Charles and Ray Eames and Tibor Kalman, designers who refused compartmentalization and brought intelligence, aesthetics, and creativity to everything they touched.
Rather than a product category, material, or target market, Knock Knock s unifying force is a sensibility. We channel that sensibility into designing and manufacturing original products, selling primarily to retailers. Also, we read a lot. Following are a few things we believe:
Ethics and decency are immeasurably important.
Products should be created with care, whether mass produced or handmade.
Things should be both beautiful and useful, but they can also be beautiful and frivolous.
Beautiful, useful things should sometimes be affordable.
Every once in a while it s good to notice quality design.
Craft is important for the soul as well as the hands and eyes.
Art is not necessarily superior to craft.
Humor makes everything better.
Not everything should strive to be accessible to the lowest common denominator, or any common denominator, for that matter.
Smartness is fun.
Empty feel-good affirmations are an instant gratification of diminishing returns slyly interpreted truths last longer.
Despite the rise of the screen, much that is interesting and innovative can be done with printed matter, though paper should be recycled whenever possible.
Idiosyncrasy, eccentricity, humor, controversy, and opinion are infinitely more interesting than corporate homogenization, committee-decision-making dilution, and widest-possible-audience scheming.
Renaissance prowess is more interesting than individual skills specialized to the point of contextlessness.
Passion, curiosity, and enthusiasm can make anything interesting.
Good should be rewarded.
Problems should be discussed and resolved.
Self-awareness is underrated.
Mistakes should be admitted and learned from.
Common sense is uncommon.
Ego is annoying.
Turn signals should be used.
Even though it's possible to use fewer words than more, why?

                     Book Review Rating:   8  (Fantastic!)

Read on and read always!  Have a very, very happy and safe Halloween everyone!  

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