Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Lightning McQueen and Jelly Giraffe

So, as much as I swore up and down (before becoming a parent) that my child would never own any mass-marketed, commercialized, licensed character merchandise, I have given Lightning McQueen! For those of you without children, Lightning is the main character in the "Cars" movie, and Riley is currently obsessed with him. I don't think he even understands the story of the movie, but show him something with Lightning on it, and he wants it, NOW! And this kid has got eyes like a hawk for Lightning merchandise. I can be walking in any store, and all of the sudden hear Riley whining for something. Sure enough, there will be some random product with the "Cars" characters on it- toys, diapers, even soup! Boy, do those marketers know what they're doing or what?

I try to restrain myself, and have only bought a few small Lightning items for him, including one of his favorite possessions, a Lightning pillow. But dang, it can really be hard to resist a two-year-old sometimes! His little eyes light up, and he gets so excited that occasionally I give in. Anyway, obviously, this is the theme for the most current spread in his book...

Then, Noah's latest spread is about his own favorite toy. He has officially chosen his "lovey", a cuddly giraffe that I've named Jelly. Learning from experience with Riley, we've gone ahead and purchased two spares so that we don't run into any disasters when it inevitably gets lost (Riley has three puppy blankies for the same reason!).

For some reason, the more I look at Noah's pages, the more I like them. I really like how the patterns of the underneath papers are coming through. (If you can't see real well here, you can always look at the photos on my Flickr page for larger images.) I'll have to experiment a little more with this....

Hope everyone's having a great week!


Susan Williamson said...

This brings back memories of my children and their comfies. My daughter still has her blanket and she's 26 now.
P.S. Bought your book recently and I'm so inspired by your work and your creative philosophy. I'm looking forward to the next installment.

carolyn peeler said...

Very pretty pages Corey.

BloggingQueen said...

So with you on your son's love of Lightning McQueen and the (failed) ban on licensed character clothing.

"Cars" is one of two movies The Boy has seen almost all the way through. He now has a few of the "books" (I'll use quotation marks because they're not much in the way of literature) as well.

As for the clothing, it's all The Husband's fault. I have managed to limit it to light-up Thomas the Tank Engine shoes, and a long-sleeved shirt printed with a charming Lion King animation sketch.

Jodi Renshaw said...

I promised my self the same thing - before I had kids - and now Lightening McQueen is *member* of the family. He even sleeps in our family bed ... and we ALL know ALL the words to the entire movie. But honestly, you can't go wrong with McQueen. Lots of good character laessons in the movie. Love the drawings you made of him :)