Sorry folks – it’s been busy out there on the road – but busy is a good thing. And I do love how retailers have needed to stock up in January because Christmas finally hit in December.
There are so many new things in 2012 which I am excited to see at New York’s Toy Fair in a couple of weeks. Until then, spending some weekend time cuddling with good books. And if you have a little guy, Zoobies has come out with my favorite of the Storytime Pals – Llama Llama Red Pajama – perfect for a winter cuddle up and story. (If you click the link to see them, it won’t show Llama Llama for a couple of more weeks when he is ready to ship) For those who don’t know the Llama Llama by Anne Dewdney, this is a super fun picture series that meets all of my criteria – fun read aloud for both child and parent, character with kick, and very charming illustrations. Illustrations of the main character that actually translate well into a soft plush character that can serve as toy, a pillow, and unzips to reveal a sweet patchwork blanket. For retailers, pairing this with some of the books from the series (also see Zoobie’s Olivia, Goodnight Moon Bunny, and Very Hungry Caterpillar to name a few) makes for a very strong gift area in your store. For consumers, check with your favorite local gift store to see who is carrying it. I know Mrs. Nelson’s Toy and Book will have them in towards the end of February!