Where to start about 'Sora and the Cloud', by Felicia Hoshino? How about with this: "It's like Hayao Miyazaki meeting the Red Balloon!" (Amazon)
Or how about this:
"It is tempting to label 'Miyazaki-like' anything appealing to children and Japanese in origin. But in this instance the analogy fits. The nameless cloud is a benign yet mysterious and uncontrollable presence as it lifts Sora, Totoro style, into the sky. There he views a skyscraper mid-construction, an amusement park, a festival of kites and other boyish marvels. Hoshino’s intricate and delicate drawings deliver this parade of sightseeing pleasures in a way that is at once dreamlike and visceral." — New York Times Book ReviewI saw this book cover on Pinterest and stopped dead in my tracks. WHAT WAS THIS?
Pure beauty, that's what it is. What makes the book EVEN COOLER is that there's a bilingual Japanese translation included in the story. You can read more and order the book here. Where is here?
Immedium is here.
Immedium is an San Francisco-based publishing company. According to their blog, Immedium focuses on "wonderfully illustrated picture books and titles on contemporary arts, culture, and Asian America."
I am knocked out by HOW DARN COOL all of their books appear to be! (They also have the whole line of Octonauts books!)
TOTALLY IMPRESSED! TOTALLY WANT ALL OF THESE BOOKS!
Head over to the Immedium website for ordering info on all of the titles in today's post. You think you can order faster than I can? Let's see!
You can also check out Felicia Hoshino's website, for more details about her art.