Launching Louie

 

 

Liberty had heard there was a new unicorn in town. She just had to check him out.

Liberty had heard there was a new unicorn in town………

 

Who expected after a random conversation two years ago, that I’d once again be collaborating with the author Rachel Hamilton again for the launch of her next children’s book, and all because of a chance comment about LEGO loo’s!

This time she steps away from exploding objects (well I don’t think there are many exploding objects in her newest book) and enters into the world of unicorns. Not just any unicorn, but Louie the unicorn. A unicorn in New York.

So of course when she asked if I could come up with another LEGO based photo to coincide with the release of her book, I couldn’t resist. The thinking cap was on, and despite a slight technical hitch along the way ( a vital piece of my plan, that hasn’t turned up as yet) we have at least something LEGO minifigure based to do the job. Well I hope it does. I’m always a little nervous when I’ve done something specifically for someone else, as you never know if they are going to like it or not. Generally they do, which is great, and is the icing on the cake (something Rachel likes I believe, but who doesn’t like cake?) when they love your work as much as you do.

So Louie may make an appearance as part of the ‘booklego’ series I’m doing as well, or at least once Louie arrives here at World of Minifigs that is. So far it looks like he’s on an extended vacation to New York, however in the meantime, if you wish to find out what happens to Louie, you can find out by reading his adventures in ‘Louie Lets Loose’!

 

Lego and Books. Out of this world!

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It really was an out of this world reading experience!

What has LEGO and a book about exploding brains got to do with each other?

Unless it’s a book about Lego, normally not a lot is the honest answer. That was until a chance remark almost a year ago. In fact exploding brains did not even come into it. Back then it was toilets…. exploding ones!

I have often been asked how I come up with ideas for my photographs. The honest answer is I don’t really know. I like spontaneity and my brain fires off little sparks and explosions (did you see what I did there 😉 ) formulating ideas from the most random snippets of information that comes my way.

Which is exactly what happened last year with Rachel Hamilton, author of ‘The Case of the Exploding Loo’ and ‘The Case of the Exploding Brain’. A chance remark from Rachel whilst commenting on a discussion about what types of books 8-12 year olds like to read, she happened to mention that she liked Lego……. Does anyone NOT like Lego? (Except for standing on it in bare feet, then it’s justified to not like it for that moment in time!)

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That painful moment when you realise you’ve just stood on a LEGO brick whilst half asleep. Ouch!

As part of this conversation she brought up exploding toilets, at which point I remembered that it was also something to do with her book. That was all the inspiration my little brain needed to produce the following image for her last year, as part of my photography project.

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The bathroom was the only place Rachel got a moments peace to read some of her book. She just hoped the title wasn’t going to come true

So this year was no different. As soon as she mentioned the title for her latest book, the ideas started whizzing and exploding inside my brain like they do. And then she asked if I’d like to be part of the blog tour for the release of ‘The Case of the Exploding Brain’! To say I was excited was probably an understatement. I had so much fun creating last years book related image, that was probably the reason behind this years photography project which is based on book titles, of course all created using LEGO Minifigs. #booklego was born.

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The Case of the Exploding Brain ~ Rachel Hamilton

Rachel also kindly took a few moments out of her busy schedule to answer a couple of questions……

WOM: Hi Rachel.  Thank you for visiting us on your blog tour. Did you like, or have Lego as a child?

RH: Yes I loved Lego as a kid, but I never had any of the fancy packs with instructions. We just had a big box full of the stuff and had to make up our own designs.

WOM: I think that’s the best way of firing up the imagination creatively. Free building is great and also helps enable practical problem solving skills in the process.

If you could have anything made from Lego what would it be?  Toilets not allowed as I’ve already technically created that vision for you even if it’s with digital Lego rather than the real McCoy. 

RH: As a child I used to want a Lego bed, but as an adult, I realise this would be horribly uncomfortable.I am slightly obsessed with walruses, so I’d quite like a Lego walrus!

WOM: Yes a Lego bed would be rather uncomfortable, as I think James May found out when he built a full scale Lego house for one of his Toy Story programmes. Imagine waking up every morning with Lego nobbles imprinted into your skin! Hmmm a Lego walrus…..how interesting * brain starts firing off thought explosions once again*

Who knows what will happen!

 

Exploding Brains Blog Tour

Book 8 ~ The Case of ……….

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The Case of the Exploding Brain ~ Rachel Hamilton

This the the second book by Rachel Hamilton and is published today. Well in the book world that means you can actually get your hands on a copy today from all good retailers! The first book was ‘The Case of the Exploding Loo’. My kids were gripped by it, the 8 year old especially. So I can’t see this one being any different for any 8-13 year old. There will no doubt be chuckles galore!

The Case of the Exploding Brain ~ Rachel Hamilton: Noelle “Know-All” Hawkins has another case on her hands. A trip to the Science Museum results in an international mystery involving a stolen moon rock, some mind reading, and an awful lot of grumpy people. But how are they all connected?
Noelle, Holly and Porter are on the case. But will they piece the crazy clues together in time to save the planet? 
And why is Dad walking round with a blanket on his head?

 

Week 122 ….. Toilet Humour

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The bathroom was the only place, Rachel got a moments peace to read some of her book. She just hoped it wasn’t going to happen to her.

 

I know the feeling well when engrossed in a book. You have to take any and every opportunity you can to read some of it in relative peace.

The bathroom trick does work on occasion, but as most mums will testify, going to the toilet is a sure fire way that within seconds of closing the door and embracing the peace, either all hell will break loose, or the little darlings will be outside the door, demanding where have you gone to, and how long you are going to be. Or at that precise point of time, they have this sudden urge to impart some really important piece of information, that couldn’t possibly have been told to you before you made your way to the bathroom, or wait until you’ve finished.

I wasn’t wholly short of inspiration this week. As usual I was trying to find time to do something before the week was up. But once again this weeks theme has a literary twist to it. There was a reason why…….

Whilst commenting on a discussion about what types of books 8-12 year olds like to read, the lovely Rachel Hamilton responded, and also mentioned that she liked LEGO.

For those that don’t know her, Rachel is a soon to be published children’s author. Her first book is due out later this month.

As part of this conversation she brought up exploding toilets, at which point I remembered that it was also something to do with her book. So once again from a random conversation with a children’s author, I was inspired……..

I hope you like it, and I hope Rachel does too!