Saturday, September 30, 2006

so ugly.




last week when we the whole family was at the Big Dollar Sale at chapel hill comics, s spent the majority of her time gazing lovingly at the uglydolls. she got one with her birthday money back in june, and was able to purchase a keychain-sized one last week. her problem was that we were at a BOOK store, right? so where were the BOOKS about uglydolls? the lovely vanessa, owner of the shop, had to break the bad news to s that there was NO UGLYDOLL BOOK. a crushing blow. s came up with the solution: make our own uglydoll book!


both the kids got creative and collaborated on "the little uglydoll whippie" book. s art directed while h took dictation and drew the pictures. s went back and colored the whole thing. it has a tenuous plot and is riddled with several genres. i won't give it ALL away, but it does include aliens, girlscouts, cookies, a beanstalk and a pong-gong. the latter is a fictional device conjured by the children.


after the BOOK was accomplished, s decided we needed to get to work on making the ACTUAL uglydoll named whippie. while she was convalescing this week, we chose fabric, decided on a shape, and sewed the doll. altogether it didn't take long, and the thrilled daughter was all the payment i needed. her first order of business was to hightail it BACK to the comic shop and show vanessa what she had accomplished.

so ugly it's almost cute, huh?

10 comments:

Annabooklover said...

You're good at sewing too? You seem like a goddess to me.

Kate said...

Tell the little miss that I would LOVE to have her read it to me =) Love you guys

Kate said...

Tell the little miss that I would LOVE to have her read it to me =) Love you guys

maryfran said...

I agree with Kate - can't wait to read the book. I'm anxious to see the artwork also. Your doll is really great. Guess you can make more for miss S.

Susan in Italy said...

If I ever have kid(s), I hope they turn out to be as creative as yours! Really.

J said...

Color me impressed! That's way too cool, and the PERFECT solution. :)

Jay said...

Wow, do you have any idea how cool that makes you? And I can't even see the ugliness, they look pretty enticing to me.

Lotus Reads said...

Melissa, what a brilliant idea and something that the kids so obviously enjoyed - you are really are a wiz at thinking up the neatest creative activities! I think Whippie came out really well - love that huge frown he sports! This is great stuff, talented lady!

Lucky Kate to have a personal reading by the author! :)

hellomelissa said...

hey, thanks you guys for all the really nice compliments. we had fun, and i guess that's what counts the most.

beenzzz said...

It is CUTE and extremely creative too!