I’ve been a huge fan of Allison Strine‘s for I-don’t-know-how-long now, having discovered her who-knows-when & buying a pendant of hers for a kick-ass friend of mine’s birthday. I’ve gotten her newsletter ever since, and always enjoy seeing the quirky, funny, creative mixed-media art she creates along with the hilarious/inspiring quotes that go along with the visual. Y’know, like these:
So when Allison contacted me about reviewing her upcoming book in exchange for an advance copy of said book, I might have squealed. And when it arrived in my mailbox a few weeks later, I smiled and laughed while thumbing through the pictures. It wasn’t until I sat down with the book (in my comfy chair with a glass of wine, natch), that I read through it all, hugged it close, and read it yet again. What looks like a simple picture book – every 2-page spread features a bit of a story from Allison on the left page with the image she’s talking about on the right – is a hugely inspiring, sweet, takeaway-filled trip into the creative imagination of someone who mentions her farting brothers as the inspiration for her art on the very first page. This is Allison’s imagination (where birds have human feet and adult women have purple hair!), Allison’s take-aways, and Allison’s story…but it’s food for thought/kick-assery for all of us. It makes me wanna buy ’em all up as gifts for my friends and family – women who are “sassy, classy and a little bad-assy” – while keeping one on the coffee table for myself, when I need a laugh or a kick in the ass-y.
You can see for yourself by heading over to StoryPeople to download a PDF sample of the book & order it for yourself & all your friends, too! And to celebrate the book release, Allison sweetly offered to giveaway any print or pendant from her shop! So head on over and leave a comment here with what you’d pick if you were to win, & do it before 11:59p Eastern on Mar 1st. I’ll be back on the 2nd to announce the winner. Good luck!