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penelope pickerman and her marvelous mind

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This is the most exciting day of my ENTIRE LIFE. Okay. Maybe not. But it is pretty snazzy. For realz. Why? Because I am revealing my *top secret* project to you glorious virtual friends! Woah! How exciting! I KNOW! So. ARE YOU READY FOR IT? If my life was theatre, this is where we cue the lights, insert dramatic music, and the audience would collectively *gasp*! So, let's just pretend that all happened and you're all sitting in suspense and...

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Voila! Penelope Pickerman and her Marvelous Mind! My new children's book!

Image and video hosting by TinyPicYAY! I AM SO EXCITED. I've always been a children's book junkie. I think they're magical! And so, "illustrate a children's book" was added on my life's bucket list long, long ago. With a chunk of time this summer, home at last in my small, boring town, I thought to myself, "Lexy. Just DO it." And so Penelope Pickerman's world was realized and colourized and brought to life! I've spent dozens of hours working on this, and I'm really happy to share a sneak peek of it with you all! Everything is very "me" - the story, the drawings - so it feels marvelous! Keep on reading for a mini-blurb of Penelope Pickerman's kooky world and a sneak peek of some of my original watercolour and pen & ink illustrations accompanying the tale!

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"Penelope Pickerman has a marvelous mind and everyone knows it - she’s always being told to “get out of her imagination”! But she can’t help it! She likes being up in the clouds with rainbows and gremlins and magic. Much better than reality with Mr. Bland’s boring math problems or Suzie’s dull boy troubles. So, up in the clouds it is! Until, one day, an exotic creature arrives, sending Penelope right back down to reality - butterflies, bow ties, and all! Soon, Penelope is writing in cursive and borrowing and dividing like the others. No... It couldn’t be... Could it? Is Penelope’s marvelous mind gone for good?

Told with humor and rhyme,
Penelope Pickerman and her Marvelous Mind is a whimsical tale about the beauty of imagination. Each book is hand-bound and features 20 original illustrations. This is a tale for all ages, so buckle up, find your inner child and let’s go on a rainbow ride!"

Image and video hosting by TinyPicBut Mr. Bland interrupted, “Penelope, Penelope! Now where is your head?” 
“Off to magical waters where butterflies have fled!” 
Mr. Bland rolled his droopy, bland eyes and started to scold. 
So Penelope turned off her thoughts and did as she was told. 
- Penelope Pickerman and her Marvelous Mind, page 3
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And bam! There's a taste of Penelope Pickerman's world! The book itself features 20 original pen & ink illustrations and it is all hand-bounded by my own, bare hands. I am really happy with it and I think that you would be too! So, hey! Purchase it? It's $28 Canadian (not incl. shipping). I know that it is a little pricey, but that is because production cost is ridiculously high! (It works out that I'm making less than minimum wage with each book that I sell...) So your support would be greatly appreciated! Everything is made with almost too much love! I ship internationally! Even if you don't buy it, if you could blog it, tumblr it, tweet it, instagram it (I don't do any of these things, so pardon the un-tech-savvy terminology), I would seriously still send you infinite amounts of virtual love. You can find a more "official" (i.e. what I'm obnoxiously re-posting and re-posting on my Facebook! hehe) right here.

Thank you so much for your time! You all rock. Have the most beautiful day.
- Lexy

P.S. If you're interested in purchasing a copy of your own, or if you have any questions or feedback, please shoot me an email - lexyht@hotmail.com. I really would love to hear from you! Sending rainbows your way!

43 comments:

Tori Bonaventura said...

This is incredible! Congrats! Terrific job, those illustrations are absolutely magical!
xo, Tori
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Ali Hval said...

Oh my gosh. These illustrations are so beautiful. Eeeeeek! OH MY GOSEHSJDF. Like I literally squeed at this~~ you were so totally BORN to do this omg. Everything is so colorful and smooth and uGH!

Seriously. Keep on doing your thing,

Sarah said...

You need to continue doing things like this--it's pretty incredible, you know.

laniza said...

WoW! I love this--you are so very talented.

Mariana Glez said...

Que bonito libro,me encantan los dibujos.!!

j e s s i z e e said...

agh that's an amazing looking book *__* you should try etsy, or maybe even a book deal? i bet the world would totally become a better place with children of all countries gazing reverently at your watercolor pictures and marveling with each clever rhyme. you'd be like the next doctor seuss :D

Elle said...

Wow, what an incredible accomplishment! It looks absolutely beautiful :3 xx

SafiyaMarie said...

Oh my gosh that is utterly amazing! I can't believe you made it. I've been meaning to write my own children's book for ages and you know what I might just actually do it :)

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The GUILTY HYENA said...

Wholly moly this is incredible!! The illustrations are beaming full of life and best of all this book screams LEXY!

You gotta get this out there !!

▲▲ HYENA

Flow Disruption said...

Wow, Lexy! This is seriously awesome! The illustrations are beautiful.

I agree with Sarah - keep doin' stuff like this. You have a gift. :)

Lee said...

Oh my gosh! This is so beautiful!

I have always wanted to do this!

I wish you every success in the world. =]

Lee x

Chika san said...

How many do you have in stock and for how long?! hopefully by the time i get paid i can purchase one?! oh my, oh my this is so exciting and amazing lexy! great job and congratulations! you are TRULY INSPIRING. you never cease to amaze me. keep on keepin' on girl! ♥

Stef said...

Your illustrations are just fantastic! :)

Ali said...

this is so cool!! go you for ILLUSTRATING A FREAKING BOOK! I like it very much.

Ruta, Look Ugly in a Photograph said...

This is sooooo incredible!!! OMG!

Lexi you are amazing! I could never do something like this. So much talent! Woah!

Mel said...

OMG Lexy that is amazing! I absolutely love it! The drawings and colors are stunning! Congratulations!

Sweet said...

Just incredible and very creative...i miss your colorful posts and your quirky personality... Confratulations on the book love...

Kisses,
Sweet
PensandLens
@mistytewest

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Ok. Really. Why haven't I realized any sooner that you've got back from travelling the world (I read somewhere you went to Marocco?) I need to totally catch up on all your latest stuffs because WUT?! YOUR OWN CHILDRENS BOOK? LEXY? YOU MADE A CHILDRENS BOOK? HOW AWESOME ARE YOU?

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wow..congratulations! your book really bring rainbow! with bright colors for sure children will love this!Your illustration is amazing!

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Sarah said...

This looks incredible! I know I have basically abandoned my blog this past year (formerly Sonny of Sonny Sui Generis) but I wanted to drop by and leave you this comment...

Basically I saw HONY's post about the thank you note that he posted to his facebook today, so I clicked the original photo (of you and your inspiration page). I haven't been on Blogger in ages, but I saw that the person tagged in it was named "Lexy" and I was like, "Hey, that looks like something Lexy @ Quirky Explosions would wear!" so I checked back here and I was correct. I'm telling you this because I think it's just further confirmation of how unique and STYLING you are, that I could basically recognize you as a fashion blogger based on what you wear. SO YEAH YOU'RE AWESOME, and I will definitely be reading your blog some more because I missed it!

Vivi N. said...

That's awesome, Lexy! Congratulations.

elizabeth said...

this is so amazing! you're really talented:) could you please have a look at my photography blog? I started it a few days ago and it would mean a lot cos your blogg is like awesome:) www.happybumblebee.wordpress.com

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