A Junior Library Guild Selection
In a wordless graphic novel–style picture book, French artist Merveille (Jukebox) brings to a new audience the mid–20th century French cinema icon Monsieur Hulot, created and portrayed by actor Jacques Tati.
More than 20 stories appear, told in groups of panels on a single page, followed by a page turn that supplies the punch line. Flat artwork and a quiet palette suit the austere post-WWII setting as Hulot ambles through Paris in a Walter Mitty–like alternate reality, his trusty umbrella at the ready. He buys a snow globe one beautiful spring day, turns it over, and starts a real snowstorm. He tries in vain to hook a prize fish at a carnival, then hooks one on his umbrella without realizing it after he turns away. Many episodes depend on references that may require parental explanations, like French military parades that require onlookers to salute patriotically, footprints from the first moonwalk, or Don Quixote tilting at windmills.
Older readers though, will find this a rewarding cross-cultural comic experience—and Tati fans will sigh with delight at the stories’ many whimsical ironies.
The first time we tasted SQIRL's jams - Seascape Strawberry and Rose Geranium - it was nearly a religious experience. It was a lazy morning at The Sea Ranch, and we spread this ethereal jam over some rustic bread. We were instantaneous devotees.
Sqirl restaurant in Los Angeles makes their jams in copper jam pans using traditional techniques from the 1500's. Organically farmed produce, fair trade organic sugar and no commercial pectin.
Size: 8 oz.
Ingredients: Certified Organic Blackberries, Blueberries, Unrefined cane sugar, Lemon JuiceView full product details
Heavy enough to stop a door (or flatten your pickles)
Pound is a doorstop or paperweight that was inspired by traditional Japanese pickling stones. Picking stones have to be heavy enough to hold down a pickling barrel's lid. We're certainly a fan of a good pickle, but in reality ours is destined to hold a door open here at The Sea Ranch, Placewares' home on the 'breezy' Sonoma Coast.
The Pound's surface is a smooth granite stone with a rope hand strap.
Each Pound stone is unique and one-of-a-kind. Made in Kagawa, Japan.
Designer: Eiji Ota
Size: 6 x 3" | 4.5 lb
Material: Stone, rope
Care: Clean with a damp cloth and wipe dry.
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Modern and minimalist the Graf Lantz trivets are hand cut from lux German merino wool felt offering effortless table setting that transitions between all interior aesthetics. Naturally heat resistant & water repellent.
Material: 5mm merino wool felt
Size: Round 10 in. Diameter
Hand cut in Graf & Lantz's Los Angeles StudioView full product details