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I Want to Be a Vase by Julio Torres - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway

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I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the I WANT TO BE A VASE by Julio Torres & Julian Glander Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About The Book:

Title: I WANT TO BE A VASE

Author: Julio Torres & Julian Glander (Illustrations)

Pub. Date: June 7, 2022

Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 48

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, B&N, iBooks, KoboTBD, Bookshop.org

Former SNL writer and comedic rising star Julio Torres takes readers on a journey through the lives and intimate dramas of some of the unsung shapes of our time in this picture book inspired by his HBO special My Favorite Shapes.

Shapes. You’ve heard of them. You might have even interacted with a few. But do you really know them? From plucky Plunger, who wishes to defy his shape and become a beautiful vase, to other household objects with dreams of a life beyond their predestined roles, I Want to Be a Vase takes readers on an essential and visually stunning journey through the lives and intimate dramas of often-overlooked household appliances.

Reviews:

“I love this strange and brilliant book, which made me identify with a toilet plunger.”

Mindy Kaling, #1 New York Times bestselling author

 

“This book is such a delicious feast for the eyes. It makes me want to be a refrigerator so I can store the leftovers!”

Bowen Yang, actor, Saturday Night Live

 

“I’m deeply jealous of all the children who get to read this book. This is my villainous origin.”

Aidy Bryant, actor, Saturday Night Live and Shrill

 

MY REVIEW
**I'd like to thank the author/publisher/Rockstar Book Tours for the copy of this book to read and review. Much appreciated.**
I Want to Be a Vase is an interesting children's picture book about a toilet plunger who doesn't like his "job" and wants to be a vase instead. Sounds strange, I know, but to be fair, vases have flowers and look pretty/smell good. Plungers not so much. So it's understandable. However, Vacuum Cleaner doesn't approve of Plunger becoming a vase. Vacuum insists that Plunger needs to stick with his "job" and not try to be anything else. But Plunger refuses to be bullied and eventually finds some flowers to tape to his handle. Now he's a vase. And happy. Very, very happy. And because Plunger has finally become the thing he's always wanted, regardless of Vacuum's protests, the other household items decide to become something else, too. 
It's definitely a unique book with a message, but I do feel parents should talk to their kids (especially younger ones) about a couple of the illustrations. On one page, it looks like a toaster has books in it. I would recommend making sure kids know not to put their books in a toaster, regardless of whether their toaster wants to be a bookshelf or not. Probably not a good (or safe) idea. But other than that, the book is a fun, silly read with a good message. Let kids know they can be anything they want. They can do anything they put their minds to. But also, it's a book that is pro-LGBTQ+ and will resonate with readers of all ages. 
I really liked this one, and I would say it's a book children will definitely have fun reading.
4.5 stars!



Book Event
Julio Torres will be doing a launch event for the book at the 92nd Street Y in New York City on Saturday, June 11 at 5:00pm ET. Julio will be appearing in conversation with Saturday Night Live star Bowen Yang. A book signing featuring Julio Torres and Julian Glander will follow the event. In-person and virtual livestream tickets can be purchased here: https://www.92y.org/event/julio-torres-and-bowen-yang


About Julio Torres:

Julio Torres is a comedian, the creator of the HBO special My Favorite Shapes, and has written for Saturday Night Live. He’s also one of the masterminds behind Los Espookys, HBO’s Spanish-language comedy about a group of horror enthusiasts. Visit him on Instagram @SpacePrinceJulio.

 Website | Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon

 

About Julian Glander:

Julian Glander is a 3D animator, designer, and illustrator. Mostly self-taught, he has created work for Disney, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Adult Swim, and the New York Times. He is also the creator of the video game Art Sqool and the squishy comics collection 3D Sweeties. Visit him at Glander.co.

 Website | Twitter | Instagram | TikTokGoodreads

  

Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a finished copy of I WANT TO BE A VASE, US Only.

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

5/30/2022

Ya Books Central

Excerpt

5/30/2022

pickagoodbook

Excerpt/IG Post

5/31/2022

onemoreexclamation

Review/IG Post

5/31/2022

Little Red Reads

Review/IG Post

6/1/2022

Jazzy Book Reviews

Review/IG Post

6/1/2022

Nonbinary Knight Reads

Review/IG Post

6/2/2022

The Momma Spot

Review/IG Post

6/2/2022

Two Points of Interest

Review/IG Post

6/3/2022

onemused

IG Post

6/3/2022

BookHounds YA

Review/IG Post

Week Two:

6/6/2022

@just_another_mother_with_books

IG Review

6/6/2022

Jenguerdy

Review/IG Post

6/7/2022

@coffeesipsandreads

Review/IG Post

6/7/2022

Nerdophiles

Review/IG Post

6/8/2022

Rajiv's Reviews

Review/IG Post

6/8/2022

Books a Plenty Book Reviews

Review/IG Post

6/9/2022

More Books Please blog

Review/IG Post

6/9/2022

Lady Hawkeye

Excerpt/IG Post

6/10/2022

Two Chicks on Books

Excerpt

6/10/2022

@jaimerockstarbooktours

IG Post

6/10/2022

@froggyreadteach

IG Review/FB Post


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