It’s hard not to like what looks like a cross between the X-men and The Backyardigans and is quite clearly made by someone who loves children and the things they love. But loving them? I haven’t even read the books.
I first ran across the Octonauts site on web design galleries, glanced at it, thought it was some kind of ironic joke, admired the illustration and left. I’m a huge fan of cutesy vector illustration like Octonaut illustrator Meomi’s work but glancing at stuff and leaving is really all I have time to do these days. But a second visit to the site last week and a deeper look made me a fan.
Besides Meomi’s obvious talents with colour, composition and character, they’re great children’s writers with a readable style. Friendly but terse. Simple but not dull. Plus, I love it when kids books make a big deal about being good friends and being just plain decent. Must have been all the Vonnegut I read. Anyway, it was the actual samples from the book that sold me. Here’s some direct links to them:
Plus, Meomi has a blog with some pics of their other work.
In conclusion I leave you with these three words: Tunip the Vegimal. I don’t think I need to say any more except that I think I’ll be buying the Octonauts.