If you were a child of the 70′s, you would no doubt know Barbapapa and his many colorful friends. We were introduced to this character a few years back when Lorena brought back a giant box of her childhood goods all the way from Argentina. You can’t imagine how excited we were to root through this box of vintage toys and books!
Originally written in French in the 1970s by Annette Tison and Talus Taylor, the Barbapapa (literally “cotton candy” in French) series has been translated into over 30 languages and published all over the world!
While our library holds so many of these colorful stories, it felt only fitting to start with the first in the series, simply titled “Barbapapa”.
While Barbapapa’s story is simple (trying to fit into a town when he’s so different from others), the illustrations are so delightful to look at. Future books from the Barbapapa series feature more zany characters and LOTS of bright colors, you can almost see how much this series helped influenced Lorena and her work.
Lorena, here. I’m SO happy to share with you this new series of books that are so dear to me. These are the first two in an inventive series, You Are My Baby, published by Chronicle Books.
“You are my baby” is something I have told my daughter again and again since her birth, and was the inspiration for these fun books.
Each board book features animals with their babies in an additional “mini book” nestled inside. “Turn the pages to match the baby animals to their parents and learn some early concepts along the way.”
You Are My Baby: Safari features classic Petit Collage animals: lion, monkey, elephant, giraffe, and crocodile, while You Are My Baby: Farm has a few new designs; a Petit Collage take on a favorite toddler theme. Our friends at Chronicle Books did a FANTASTIC job bringing these books to life. We couldn’t be happier to have these Petit Collage books released!
To celebrate the release of these two new books, we are giving away a signed copy of You Are My Baby: Safari as well as a copy of our Safari Babies Beginner Puzzle. Now you can extend the reading experience by playing with our animals.
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Monkey See, Look at Me, published by Penguin, is the first American picture book I’ve written AND illustrated. I can’t tell you how happy I am to finally see it come to life!
This book was originally inspired by toddlers and their curious nature. I started working on it when my daughter was a just a little baby (she’s now 3!). So yes, some books do take forever! I can’t tell you how surreal it was to actually read this book to my own toddler daughter.
Monkey See, Look at Me by Lorena Siminovich is available at Amazon.com, B+N.com, and Indiebound.
For this year’s Renegade Craft Fair, we wanted to give fans a surprise. We decided on making a homemade photo board and holding a contest: take your photo at our booth and enter to win a gift card good for petitcollage.com!
We bought our materials at Scrap, which by the way, is quite a place to shop for art materials. Everything there is donated for reuse; one man’s trash is another man’s treasure! An overside piece of foam board, plus additional accessories were all under 5 bucks!
All in all, our photo board was a hit at the show! Here are some of our favorite cuties.
And of course, how could we forget to take a photo of us using it too? Here’s Heather and Lorena on Sunday afternoon.
We are back in the office today after quite an exhausting and productive weekend at the San Francisco Renegade Craft fair. This is the only fair Petit Collage actually participates in directly selling to new AND current fans of our work since we mainly do wholesale business with stores.
I met a lot of sweet expecting couples, a lot of mom fans that had purchased our products in the past, and even a pilot who bought and made me sign a San Francisco print to remember the city he visited! Seeing all these people has given me fresh new energy to keep doing what we do.
Families had a lot of fun with our San Francisco photoboard (pics to come) and my own family got our photo taken at the Magbooth that set up next to us. Here’s my dad and my daughter being hilarious, and boring ol’ me who didn’t have a costume.
There may not be such thing as bad press, but there is definitely such thing as incredibly awesome press!
Uppercase magazine happens to be the favorite amongst us in the studio. The day when it arrives in the office is the day we actually fight to see who gets to read it first. Well, guess what, they just did a fantastic feature on our studio and Petit Collage’s founder, Lorena. It may be the most thorough article about Lorena’s childhood and background yet!
We hope you get your copy of the latest Uppercase magazine to read if for yourself. Not only for our article, but for the back to back pages of goodness…you will not want to put it down! An interview with Lorena’s favorite illustrator, Oliver Jeffers is in the issue as well.
The quality and content of Uppercase is such a feast. We are so honored to be a part of this issue.