I wanted to do something on the theme of winter, you know…
Thanks to @danamakatova for reminding me about this scene :3

Ricordando il passato –  (Byakumu no Mayu, Cocoon of White Dreams~Remembering the past~)


Origami meets robots in a book of 46 DIY glowbots

Papertoy Glowbots: 46 Glowing Robots You Can Make Yourself!
by Brian Castleforte
Workman Publishing Company
2016, 196 pages, 8.4 x 0.7 x 11 inches, Paperback
$19 Buy one on Amazon

Attention, fellow mad scientists and monster creators! It’s time to put down our scalpels and electrodes and move into the twenty-first century. We need to upgrade our bio laboratories, transforming them into modern mechanical/electrical engineering labs. Anybody can pump several thousand volts into a creature created from spare parts. But, it’s the modern robot that gives us true control over every tiny detail of our creations, right down to the 1’s and 0’s of their digital brains. Imagine the horror and chaos that we can unleash with an army of mass-produced metal-monsters … mwa-ha-ha-ha-ha!

Papertoy Glowbots is a collection of forty-six robot designs by fifteen notable papertoy artists from around the globe including the author, Brian Castleforte. These robots glow, taking the previous book, Papertoy Monsters, a step further. Some have glow-in-the-dark stickers while others require the use of glow sticks, night-lights, or battery-operated tea light candles. One way or another, they have the ability to light up in some fashion.

Every robot is printed on both sides, so the finished toy has colorful graphics inside and out. Pieces are perforated for easy punch-out, and they are pre-scored for easy folding. Even the slots are pre-cut for easy assembly (no dangerous craft knives to contend with). Construction difficulties range from easy to advanced, and is recommended for everyone nine years or older, but my seven-year-old nephew gets a kick out of them too.

The book contains a variety of robots ranging from cyborgs to fully autonomous metal bots and mechanical horrors driven by living beings. Some are extraterrestrial in nature, and each one has its own back story for added fun. Choosing your next robot to build can be hard, but worth it in the end.

The really fun part is seeing your finished creations glow! Here’s a pro tip from one mad scientist to another: use a black light to make the glow-in-the-dark stickers spark and sizzle with intense light. It’s awesome!

Papertoy Glowbotscontains hours of tinkering fun at home, at school, or on the go. And, you don’t have to raid your father’s tool box or take apart the toaster looking for spare parts. The only tool you’ll need is glue.

– Robert Nava

January 6, 2017


An epic love affair between a graceful gazelle and a clumsy, hapless ox told through hilariously sweet letters

XO, OX: A Love Story
by Adam Rex, Scott Campbell (Illustrator)
Roaring Brook Press
2017, 40 pages, 8.5 x 11.0 inches, Hardcover
$14 Buy one on Amazon

XO, OX: A Love Story, is exactly that. Told entirely through letters between the adoring Ox and the glamorous Gazelle, Adam Rex and Scott Campbell have created a charming story for readers of all ages. The story is propelled by things we are often in too short supply of these days: passion, humanity, and honest to goodness mail.

Far from an oafish beast blindly in love that Gazelle imagines him to be, Ox is a deeply thoughtful creature, an undeterred optimist, propelled by love and pen. Like an envelope sealed with a kiss, the story is bookended in illustrated endpapers that bring the correspondence full circle.

Were this story told through Ox’s incessant emails to Gazelle, his tweets at her, his constant posting of Gazelle-themed memes, clearly, this story would be much less romantic. It would also be impossible. Ox’s emails would go straight to spam, his social media pleas blocked. Plus, it would be way too depressing to see him bask in Gazelle’s rejections in the sad light of a glowing screen.

It is a hard fact of life knowing that my daughter may never pass a note in class, but I still hold out hope that she will write, and receive, a bonafide letter, to be kept and carried close, folded and unfolded until whole sentences are creased (but not lost — they’ll be memorized, of course), and finally tucked into a favorite page in a favorite book.

This story makes me believe (again) that mail, and persistent goodness, can actually change hearts. This could be the book that our digital natives remember with anachronistic fondness, slip off the shelf, into an oversized envelope, and mail to their sweethearts. Who needs a boombox when you’ve got a hardcover?

– Marykate Smith Despres

January 3, 2017


Margarash, the coin boogieman, puts a clever, modern twist on a classic folktale storyline

by Mark Riddle, Tim Miller (Illustrator)
Enchanted Lion Books
2016, 48 pages, 8.8 x 0.5 x 12.1 inches, Hardcover
$14 Buy one on Amazon

Deep down beneath the couch cushions, past the crumbs and pocket lint, lying in wait for loose change, lurks…Margarash! Mark Riddle’s titular character is a boogieman turned buddy in this sweet, silly, and just scary-enough picture book that follows Collin, a young coin collector, into the couch crack netherworld where Margarash lives.

Collin is your average coin-loving kid, the kind who collects, counts, and arranges his coins “by size or shape, country or state, even by smell or taste (which is something you should never do).” The monster, like Collin, hoards coins. When Collin, in his continuous quest to expand his collection, starts infringing on Margarash’s territory, the monster takes him prisoner, chanting a post-capture warning to the boy and to readers: “The coins that fall are for Margarash, / Margarash, Margarash, / The coins that fall are for Margarash, / Leave them where they lie.

Margarash puts a clever, modern twist on a classic folktale storyline. Tim Miller’s illustrations take the edge off of the more frightening parts of the book and bring subtle beauty and depth to Margarash’s dark world, lit by beams and points of light that fall, like the coins he craves, through the cracks and tears of couches everywhere.

– Marykate Smith Despres

January 9, 2017

008/365 - Sir Tobias avistando seu camaleão de estimação Tomas que caiu em alto mar, mas que por sorte está boiando não muito distante do navio pois se agarrou em sua própria garrafa de suco de mamão papaia que ele degustava.