Ice Cream Work

Naoshi Naoshi (Author)


Winner - Gold Medal - PubWest Book Design Awards â oeThe sort of book that could easily capture the imagination of kids drawn to the culinary fantasylands of Strawberry Shortcake or Candyland.⠝ â " Publisherâ (TM)s Weekly From the mind of Japanese artist Naoshi comes the sweet and charming world of Ice Cream Work. This utterly delicious book tells the story of a humble ice cream cone man whose search for work takes him many places and puts him in challenging situations as he tries to earn a living over the course of a week. Ice Cream Work features surreal characters living in real world situations bursting with color and detail. This book reminds us that everyone has unique traits which make them special and emphasizes the importance of creativity and imagination in daily life. Internationally acclaimed artist Naoshi has created a brilliant and fantastical world of her own full of quirky characters and situations that draw the reader into pages bursting with color. Using shiny colorful sand, known as Sunae in Japan, Naoshiâ (TM)s distinctive style is instantly memorable and utterly original. In this, her first book for American audiences, Naoshi introduces Sunae through the story, but also in a crafty â oeHow to Make Sunae⠝ section where she provides a step by step process of making â oesand paintings⠝ like the ones seen in the book. There is also an interactive â oeLook and Find⠝ page which challenges readers to spot details they might not have noticed before. Ice Cream Work will delight readers young and old while introducing an exciting new talent to American audiences.

Product Details

Overcup Press
Publish Date
October 01, 2015
6.0 X 0.4 X 9.1 inches | 0.6 pounds

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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, called Sunae in Japan, to create surreal people living in the real world. In her effort to familiarize more people with Sunae outside of Japan, she has participated in a wide range of projects including gallery exhibitions, commercial work, and childrenâ (TM)s workshops. Naoshi is a Tokyo based artist currently living in Los Angeles.


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, Red Cap Cards - Founder & Creative Director"
'"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 the Heck, Where the Bad Kids Go series"