You 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
- The Steadfast Tin Soldier
- The Little Match Girl
- The Snow Queen
The Princess and The Pea
- The Tinder Box
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.
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.
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