Anorak Magazine

 "The Happy Mag for Kids (And Animals)"


... So reads the cover of the latest issue of Anorak.  Each issue has a theme and the theme of this issue is, as you may have guessed, animals.

Speaking of animals...  Ha!  Just kidding.

"Munkie & Horace"
"What was your favorite part of the magazine?" I asked.  "The zoo with the people!" Big Sis replied.
I love this artwork.  This is the story of two cats, gone to see the humans at the zoo!  "Cheeky little human," Colette the cat hisses, speaking of the food-throwing baby.
"Did a kid draw that?" Little Sis asked.  "Yep! Some of the coloring pictures are by grown-up artists, and
some are by kids."  "That's cool!"
Kids love other kids' jokes.

The girls loved the book reviews, which are by actual children.  Big Sis is requesting this book, in fact.  They loved the jokes and the "Spot the Animals" game.  There is also a recipe for Chocolate Croissanty Custardy Jammy Pudding, which I'm thinking I want to try.  They were intrigued by British slang, too.  (Note to self:  must use the word "cheeky" more often...)

You can buy Anorak North America here:  Gibbs Smith Books
You can buy PLOC, Anorak's sister publication, and other goodies here:  Anorak Shop
Read an interview with founder and editor Cathy Olmedillas here:  A Yummy Life
The contest is over, but you can read a post by Cathy here:  The Red Barn (And yes, a certain person's crazy Pinterest boards get a sweet shout-out in the final paragraph.)

You can read a post about PLOC here.  And thank you to Cathy Olmedillas for the complimentary copy of Anorak!


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  1. So cool that it's coming to North America. :) :)

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    1. And it's being made available by Gibbs Smith, who publishes the awesome Baby Lit series!

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  2. I want to read the story with the people in the zoo! That looks like a fantastic publication- very cool!

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    1. It's definitely different from American magazines. I love all the British wording, as it leads to fun conversation about language and regional dialects.

      I'm like a little kid - my favorite part is just turning the pages, looking at the pictures.

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  3. OMG! I MUST HAVE IT!!! Ordering! asap! Jammy Pudding! OMG. seriously.

    cheeky is my favorite word.

    this looks AMAZING!

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    1. I can see you loving it! It's very, very modern in sentiment, with vintage-y illustrations.

      I should probably warn my North American readers (which are most of you) that this issue's "Munkie and Horace" story, while photographed beautifully, was pretty edgy. It was a parody with a definite adult slant. (Uncle Morris helps G Munkie sell cupcakes so he can afford a car, the cupcakes standing in for something much darker and illegal. The word "damn" appears in the story, too, which might be offensive to some readers.) I don't offend easily and I'm quite open to discussing cultural differences with the kids, but in this case, they weren't very interested in the story anyway, and we skipped over it after the first page. These characters are very popular with readers and I gather that the stories are usually a bit sweeter. You can find reviews of other issues of Anorak around the blogosphere, and "Munkie & Horace" are often singled out for praise.

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  4. Looks amazing! I wish we had something like that here. The Human Zoo is what caught my eye too. Oh, and I was looking at your Pinterest boards... OMG- they 're totally awesome, a real treat for bookworms :o)

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    1. Thanks. I had too much time on my hands. I get an occasional urge to pin stuff now and then, but I've finally slowed down. I became unemployed at the beginning of last year and Pinterest was still pretty new to me. I went crazy!

      It really is a great little magazine, along with PLOC. I wish our remaining big bookstore would stock one or both of them, but it doesn't look like that's going to happen.

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  5. looks lovely! Your pinterest boards are absolutely incredible. I am in love with them. :)

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    1. Aww, thanks. As I said above, they're a little embarrassing, in that it's obvious I went through a few months glued to the computer, obsessively pinning stuff. I am trying very hard not to spend so much time on the computer now. ;o)

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  6. What a cute magazine! I always had a subscription to Highlights, Cricket and My Big Backyard. No way were they as edgy and cool as this.

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    1. I can't remember having a subscription to any magazines as a kid, but I'd read Highlights at school and the doctor's office, and sometimes my dad would buy Sesame Street or Muppets magazines. We were definitely raised on Jim Henson.

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