Rip Squeak and Friends Stole My Heart…

Rip Squeak and Friends Book CoverHi all…

Last weekend I was in Monterey, CA, with my wife, and we stumbled into this little store called Rip Squeak Books and Art on Cannery Row. My wife took a glance inside when we got there and I knew we’d had to stop in before we left the area. When we did, we were smitten by Rip Squeak and his friends.

If you don’t know… Rip Squeak and Friends is a collection of books, puzzles, and artwork, created by Leonard Filgate (the artist) and Susan Yost-Filgate (the author). They now also have a talented group of artists and writers helping them out, including Julia Harnett Harvey, Chris Hopkins, Lee Cohen, Anthony Loschiavo, and Jim Kosvanec. (You can learn more at their website here.)

The series focuses on a group of characters in a summer cottage in the country with no human inhabitants most of the year. The stories focus on Rip Squeak and his little sister Jesse, and their adventures and friendships with an abandoned kitten (Abbey) and an actor frog (Euripides).

So far there are four main books in the series:

  • Rip Squeak and His Friends
  • The Treasure
  • The Adventure
  • Find the Magic – their latest adventure

We have read the 1st book: Rip Squeak and His Friends. And I have to say that the artwork is amazing, but beyond that, the stories are great. They’re simple enough for kids to follow along, and have good lessons for them to learn along the way.

Rip Squeak ArtIn addition, for our youngest, we picked up one of their board books – Rip Squeak’s A to Z Book – with a block puzzle with 16 blocks that create six different Rip Squeak images from the book. There’s a lot you can do with A to Z books (we own several) and I have to say this one is very cute.

What sets these books apart from the rest in my mind is the amazing artwork. And you can purchase some of the art from their website as limited editions, posters, sketches, and so on. They’d do justice to any kid’s room (or adult who’s a kid at heart).

I love stumbling upon these unique artists and authors. It’s almost magical when it happens and these books and artwork are definitely magical.

Be sure to check out their website: Ripsqueak.com or check out their store in Monterey if you get a chance. The address for the Monterey store is on their site here. They also have galleries in Carmel by the Sea, San Diego, San Francisco, and Maui.

If you haven’t figured it out by now, I’m a big fan already and we’ve only barely begun the series. I can hardly wait to see what further adventures of Rip Squeak and Friends will bring!

Until next time… Read a good book!

–Fitz

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Comments

  1. @Petra – This is a great series. We have four books we picked up that day in California and have read two of them so far. Beautiful art and entertaining stories with a lesson are hard to find in kids’ books sometimes. It was a good find. 🙂

  2. My sister and I (we’re from Albany and NJ) were enthralled with these characters and the artwork when we came upon them on Pier 39 in San Francisco…We are surprised these lovely pictures and characters and have not made it across the country to the east coast!!!!!

  3. @Maria Grant – Definitely. We’ve not really seen it even in Colorado, so I’m shocked it hasn’t come this direction yet. We can only hope the word of mouth continues to spread and Rip Squeak becomes a worldwide phenomenon. 🙂

  4. I was on vacation and we stoped in Montery. I walked into this little shop that had books and paintings of Rip Squeak. It took me back to my childhood days of my imaginary adventures that i had. I think every child should read at least one of these books. I want to thank you for takeing me there to my childhood again. Keep the adventures comming.

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