I received this book at no cost from the publisherI Want to Be a Vase by Julio Torres, Julian Glander
Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers on June 7, 2022
I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the I WANT TO BE A VASE by Julio Torres & Julian Glander Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!
Julio Torres will be doing a launch event for the book at the 92nd Street Y in New York City on Saturday, June 11 at 5:00pm ET. Julio will be appearing in conversation with Saturday Night Live star Bowen Yang. A book signing featuring Julio Torres and Julian Glander will follow the event. In-person and virtual livestream tickets can be purchased here: https://www.92y.org/event/
About The Book:
Title: I WANT TO BE A VASE
Author: Julio Torres & Julian Glander (Illustrations)
Pub. Date: June 7, 2022
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Former SNL writer and comedic rising star Julio Torres takes readers on a journey through the lives and intimate dramas of some of the unsung shapes of our time in this picture book inspired by his HBO special My Favorite Shapes.
Shapes. You’ve heard of them. You might have even interacted with a few. But do you really know them? From plucky Plunger, who wishes to defy his shape and become a beautiful vase, to other household objects with dreams of a life beyond their predestined roles, I Want to Be a Vase takes readers on an essential and visually stunning journey through the lives and intimate dramas of often-overlooked household appliances.
“I love this strange and brilliant book, which made me identify with a toilet plunger.”
—Mindy Kaling, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“This book is such a delicious feast for the eyes. It makes me want to be a refrigerator so I can store the leftovers!”
—Bowen Yang, actor, Saturday Night Live
“I’m deeply jealous of all the children who get to read this book. This is my villainous origin.”
—Aidy Bryant, actor, Saturday Night Live and Shrill
This story is graphically like nothing I have seen before – the illustrations are photorealistic interpretations of a doll house done with bright monochromatic colors with the unique characters popping out in full color. The story follows a plunger who wants a new job – a vase that holds flowers. Of course, there is a naysayer in the form of a vacuum who insists that everyone has a job they are designed for and there is no changing that job no matter how much they want to change. Which is the whole theme of the story. If you really want to be someone else than what you are, you should be able to change. It is also very humorous and parts will make you giggle. This is a perfect book for toddlers that will have them acting out the different objects that appear in the story. I would expect quite a few of them to want to be a dog or cat though.
Julio Torres is a comedian, the creator of the HBO special My Favorite Shapes, and has written for Saturday Night Live. He’s also one of the masterminds behind Los Espookys, HBO’s Spanish-language comedy about a group of horror enthusiasts. Visit him on Instagram @SpacePrinceJulio.
Julian Glander is a 3D animator, designer, and illustrator. Mostly self-taught, he has created work for Disney, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Adult Swim, and the New York Times. He is also the creator of the video game Art Sqool and the squishy comics collection 3D Sweeties. Visit him at Glander.co.
1 winner will receive a finished copy of I WANT TO BE A VASE, US Only.
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