Ice Cream Work – Review

Hey Everyone,

Angie here! Today I have a very unique picture book to share with you. It is called Ice Cream Work. The I could see this book appealing to, perhaps, 5-10 year-old children. The pictures are done in a traditional Japanese sand painting style called Sunae. The book had very few words—the pictures told the story. Anyway, Check out Ice Cream Work below.


Welcome to my tour stop for Ice Cream Work by Naoshi! This is a children’s picture book and the tour runs September 28 – October 9 with reviews, interviews and more. Check out the tour page for the full schedule.

About the Book:


Release: October 1, 2015
Publisher: Overcup Press
ISBN: 0­9834917­3­9
Price: $14.99 hardcover
Pages: 40
appropriate for ages 3 and up

Where will Ice Cream Man work next??

Ice Cream Man knows there’s lots of work to be done! Whether it’s cheerfully posing next to chocolate cake, beaming team spirit as 1/8th of a sunflower, or glowing bright as he becomes a fabulous night light, Ice Cream Man is ready for the job!

This delicious, quirky children’s book by internationally acclaimed Japanese artist Naoshi combines a whimsical story with colorful sunae (sand art). A “Look & Find” section challenges youngsters to scour the pages for small details, and a “How To Make Sunae” section guides readers step‐by‐step through a “sand painting” art project of their own.

“Ice Cream Work is a meticulous and stunning piece of art. The story exudes a loopy, anarchist joy: chronicling the adventures of a hard­working and stylish frozen dairy confection and his eclectically industrious week.” ­­ Dale Bayse, author of Heck, Where the Bad Kids Go series

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About the Author:


Naoshi is an internationally acclaimed Japanese illustrator whose  distinctive characters and original style are recognized around the world. She uses  shiny colorful sand to create surreal people living  in the real world. She has participated in a wide range of projects including gallery exhibitions, commercial work, and children’s workshops. Naoshi is a Tokyo based artist currently living in Los Angeles.


Advance Praise for Ice Cream Work: 

“Naoshi’s work is original and unmistakably recognizable. With a dry sense of humor, appreciation of fashion, video games, fine pastries, and just plain fun, each piece by Naoshi is a finely made confection with a charm all her own.” — Ben Zhu, owner of Gallery Nucleus

“Naoshi represents everything I love about contemporary Japanese art: one foot in history, one foot in pop culture, two skilled hands, and her head firmly in a cloud of unadulterated enthusiasm for making art.” — Matt Wagner, author of The Tall Trees of Portland and The Tall Trees of Tokyo

“Naoshi’s pure approach to her art form is inspiring: knowing that the shiny bright colors that bring her stories alive are tiny grains of sand always transfixes me. Naoshi is one of today’s greatest artists.” — Carrie Gifford, founder & creative director of Red Cap Cards

“Some people bury their heads in the sand. Some draw lines in the sand. Sunae artist Naoshi does both: creating surreal worlds alive with wit and whimsy, one vibrantly colored grain of sand at a time. Ice Cream Work is a stunning piece of meticulous­ yet ­oddly spontaneous art that is as sweet and cool as a pint of hand­crafted ice cream. The story has a loopy, anarchist joy about it, rather like The Point by way of Cibo Matto, where a hard­working and stylish frozen dairy confection guides readers through his eclectically industrious week, even divulging how much he is paid for his days of outlandish toil. Children, hipsters, and anyone with an eye for the absurd will thoroughly lap up Ice Cream Work: from the top of its rainbow sprinkles right down to the tip of its sugar cone.” ­ Dale Bayse, author of Heck, Where the Bad Kids Go series.

Angie’s Review:
Ice Cream Work
So as I started to read this book, I wasn’t sure what to expect. It took me a while to catch on to the style and the idea behind it. It is very unique—so much so that it takes some getting used to before you can see how fun and cute it is. I read through the book once by myself and then a second time with my two year old. It is a little out of his realm of understanding, but he loved the look and find portion at the end of the book. He loved the pictures of the ice cream cones and he loved when the ice cream cones were cars of some sort. The different “work” that the ice cream cones did was very clever. It was fun to see the different things that an ice cream cone could do. It was a good book for getting children to see things in a different perspective. I think it would foster creativity for children. It also has instructions for creating your own Sunae (Japanese sand art) at the end of the book. This book would also be good for helping children see interesting aspects of the Japanese culture.
I give it 5 out of 5 stars.
Copy of Ice Cream Work by Naoshi & sunae art kit
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Angel Bodine

My name is Angie. I am an editor and a book reviewer on Sher A. Hart: Written Art. I am married and have 2 boys. I love classic authors like C.S. Lewis and Jane Austen and have come to love modern ones like Orson Scott Card and Suzanne Collins. I love fantasy and sci-fi, but am also a huge fan of humor. If a book is truly funny, I don't care what the genre is, I'll read it. I also have a soft spot for silly high school drama stories.

One Comment:

  1. I’m so happy to hear that you loved this! Thank you so much for hosting a tour stop and sharing your thoughts!

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