Blog Tour: The Little Mermaid & Other Fairy Tales Illustrated by Minalima

IMG_0645You first step in to the House of Minalima because of Harry Potter, but you stay because you fall in love with Eduardo and Mira’s work. When I first met Eduardo 3 years ago at MCM Comic Con, I saw myself turning a bit into a stalker. I just kept coming back to their stand and talk more and more about Harry Potter, and the fact they were working on the first Fantastic Beasts movie. When Eduardo told me that he and Mira will be opening a pop up in London for their art work I got so excited.

I was there that first week the pop up opened and I’m still going there now. However, nowadays House of Minalima isn’t a pop up anymore but a London Harry Potter related landmark.

Everyone who knows me has also endured me talking about House of Minalima non stop. Sometimes I think House of Minalima is my home away from home. Me and my best friend just love going in and support as much or as little as we can. Even when we don’t have much money there is something affordable there, and everything is so beautiful.

But enough of Harry Potter because I’m here to talk to you about Minalima’s new venture. In 2015 they brought out their first Illustrated classic, Peter Pan. It was the most beautiful illustrated book I have seen. Their illustrations where so stunning and the interactive pop ups really added to the story. Since then they have brought out The Jungle Book and Beauty and The Beast. All equally stunning.

When Shrina from Harper Collins 360 invited me for the book launch and to be part of the blog tour I couldn’t contain my excitement. First of all, as you have noticed, I LOVE Minalima. Secondly, I love The Little Mermaid! Get those two things together and is a disaster for my bank account!

During their book launch for The Little Mermaid & Other Fairy Tales, Mira told us that when they decided to tackle these childhood classics they were never thinking about only one book but to make a shelf of stunning books for the everyday household. Well, I’m so behind this and I’m so happy that currently I have all four. (Thanks Katie!)

The book launch party was so nice! One of the floors at House of Minalima was nicely decorated for the launch with loads of the illustrations from the book and other sea related props. Looked so good! Also we got given the most amazing gift bag with a copy of the book, a cardboard print, a set of 20 bird postcards and some Hotel Chocolat caramel chocolates (that were so delicious and have since found its way to my stomach!)

The Little Mermaid & Other Fairy Tales includes 12 stories in total:

  • The Little Mermaid

  • The Ugly Duckling
  • The Swineherd
  • The Emperor’s New Clothes
  • The Red Shoes
  • Thumbelina
  • The Steadfast Tin Soldier
  • The Little Match Girl
  • The Snow Queen
  • The Princess and The Pea

  • The Tinder Box
  • The Nightingale

The illustrations are so gorgeous and the pop ups are amazing. Is the type of book that they want to advertise for kids but no way I’m going to get my kids near that book. This is a pop up book for adults!

Also during the launch party it has been shared with us that one of the floors of the shop is going to be turned into Fairy Tale land to celebrate all the books that are out already and the ones to come. One more excuse for me to come in! #SorryNotSorry

Overall, I think the book is absolutely gorgeous and I’m gonna keep throwing ma dollar at Minalima for the unforeseeable future. As should you. Next one, The Secret Garden which comes out just in time for my birthday.

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Rating: ★★★★★

You can purchase the books and prints online at minalima.com or in store at House of Minalima, 26 Greek Street, Soho, London (Open everyday, 12 pm to 7 pm).

Thanks so much to Shrina Patel, Harper Collins 360 and Minalima for the copy of The Little Mermaid & Other Fairy Tales in exchange for my honest review.

Life is the bubbles!

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

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Satellite Book Party With BKMRK & #DrinkYA

IMG_6340Another post about another fabulous book party. This party was a BKMRK and #DrinkYA collaboration for the launch of Satellite by Nick Lake. This time it was just me and Nicola, well there was more people there of course, but from the girls of the what I like to call The Book Bloggers Sisterhood, she was the only one that was able to attend.

It does make things so much easier when you know someone already, plus Nicola always cracks me up, she is great company.

The party was held at The Escapologist in Convent Garden, and let me tell you that BKMRK knows how to throw a party. There was a lot of wine to keep people entertained, but because I don’t really drink alcohol it was quite nice that I was allowed to order coke or lemonade. Also there was pizza! Literally, you can win anyones heart with pizza!

There was some packages for each guest, that looked like what the astronauts keep their food in when they are up there in space. I later discovered that it contained a copy of Satellite, magic stars and a postcard.

After a little speech by both Nick’s editor and Nick himself we got to enjoy a few more drinks. The atmosphere was really nice and I even ventured myself alone for a bit and got to talk with some lovely BKMRK publicists and other book bloggers at the event.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t stay too long because I had to wake up super early for work next day. So after getting my book signed by the lovely Nick Lake and saying my goodbyes to Nicola, I made my way home.

A fantastic evening, with even more fantastic bookish people.

*FangirlSince1988 xxx

Wunderkids Book Launch Party

IMG_6035A few weeks ago, I got the pleasure to go to the Wunderkids by Jacqueline Silvester Book Launch Party. This was my first Book Launch so I was equally excited and nervous, thankfully I could count on my new Book Blogger friends to not fly solo at this party. Once again I was reunited with Paige and Nicola, and we had such a great time (one of us was having a little more fun than the others, not going to point fingers *cough* Nicola * cough*)

The launch party was hosted at The Workers Cafe in Kingsland Road, when we arrived the space was decorated with Wunderkids books, fairy lights, flowers and a table set up with meringues. As the evening went on the food started coming out and it was pretty delicious, well it was for me not so much for the girls. Basically I had the chance to try oyster for the first time and there was also this prawns on a stick that had been barbecued and I may have ate about 7 of them. #SorryNotSorry

Thankfully for the girls there was some amazing cupcakes to go for, and yes I only ate one of them!

We had a chance to talk with Jacqueline a few times about her book, how the next one has been written already, how she hopes it gets translated into more languages, and how we both agree that even though it will be lovely to see Wunderkids being adapted to the screen, most book to screen adaptations aren’t that good. So for now let’s just keep it as it is.

Overall, my first book launch was pretty awesome. We left the event very happy, some more than others (*cough* Nicola *cough*). I got to meet some other lovely bookish people, and after talking with Jacqueline I got even more excited to read Wunderkids. Have you noticed how chunky it is! Perfect!

Be Wunderful!

*FangirlSince1988 xxx