Some of you interested in kid lit may know about Anorak, the imaginative and innovative children’s magazine produced in the U.K.
I first stumbled upon Anorak at a Vancouver bookstore recently and was blown away by how different it is from most other magazines and even books created for children. “This ain’t yo mama’s OWL magazine” says my husband. Each issue is built around a different theme (such as Bugs or Toys) and has comics, stories and games, along with amazing design and illustration.
In an extended interview by Grain Edit, publisher Cathy Olmedillas explains how art director Rob Lowe “has ignored all the rules of what was considered ‘acceptable’ in designing for kids”, and it has met with huge success in the U.K. and other parts of the world as well.
This week I was happy to receive a review copy of Anorak’s new little sister magazine, PLOC, from Cathy Olmedillas, publisher of Anorak.
Responding to readers’ requests for a magazine suitable for younger children, Anorak Press partnered with legendary French illustrator Alain Grée to create PLOC, which was launched in fall 2011.
Subtitled the “Happy Mag for Little Ones”, PLOC is chock full of whimsical stories and activities with an old fashioned flair. My three year old liked the farm story, the ‘look and find’ game, and the nature themed rebus story.
Adults who dig retro and vintage style, will appreciate the illustrations by Grée, who has himself illustrated over 300 books for children…that’s pretty impressive! While single issues of Anorak can be found in Chapters (in Canada), it’s my understanding that PLOC has yet to reach North American shelves, though can be ordered from Anorak Press directly from their website.