A few weeks ago we stopped at our beloved independent neighborhood bookstore, where my six-year-old son and his friend each got a few bucks to pick out a book. While poking around the shelves we came across a couple stories about Arlo the Elephant that they really dug, and I’d never seen before. Think of this character as Babar’s more culturally evolved, non-colonial conquering, quasi-hipster descendant who appreciates good graphic design.
The two books that comprise the award-winning series so far include Arlo Goes to the Dentist (2011) and Arlo and the Airplane (2012). Arlo is the brainchild and pet project of SoCal author Karisa Lowe, who recently approached me about helping her get the word out about a Kickstarter campaign.
Her next installment is Arlo Goes to the Farmers Market, which she’s already written, and illustrator Edmund Boey is finishing up the visual component. “I really want to help kids learn to love fruits and vegetables, and also be more adventurous in trying new ones,” Karisa says on her pitch video. “I think this is such an under-taught but important value these days, that I really want to get it to as many kids as possible.” Truth!
If you love fun, clever, and smart children’s books, check out the Arlo Kickstarter, toss in a few bucks, and…drumroll please…. LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW to win a copy of the series, including Arlo Goes to the Famers Market when it’s published! Extra points for tweeting this link (just LMK you’ve done it, OK?). These books are not cheap — hence the Kickstarter to help keep the retail purchase price down — so this package is about a $45 value. And your kids, nieces, nephews, whoever, will LOVE them.
I’ll pick a winner at random after the campaign ends on September 8th (deadline is midnight PST on 9/8 for this giveaway). Thanks!