Monday, December 27, 2010

Alex et Barbapapa

I am actually not sure which of these is cuter. And the combination of the two? Deadly. (via)

Friday, December 17, 2010

Barbapapa is Number 2!

Barbapapa is certainly #1 in our hearts, but on this amazing cake, #2. This is one talented cake maker. (via)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

These boys have been pumpin' iron

I have never seen Asterix and Obelix look like this. Dang! Go to the original to see it in full detail. (via)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Billie Jean meets The Little Prince

Michael Jackson, Bob Fosse, and The Little Prince. It could be the best combination ever. Check out this video of Fosse's choreography and dance as the snake in the 1974 version of The Little Prince, set to Michael Jackson's Billie Jean. Yes, it works, and is awesome. (via)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Little Prince is ready for action

At least according to this Little Prince action figure, by Kyle Robinson. I agree he's looking slightly tough here. A little more muscled, a little less scrawny. What do you think? (via)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Little Prince returns to Afghanistan

What a moving story.

Spain enlists 'Little Prince' for charm offensive in Afghanistan

Fuencisla Gozalo organised the plan after hearing that Dari-language copies were destroyed in the US-led invasion

Fuencisla Gozalo organised the plan after hearing that Dari-language copies were destroyed in the US-led invasion

Spanish soldiers in Afghanistan have recently carried out an unusual mission: to distribute 5,000 copies of Antoine de Saint-Exupery's The Little Prince, translated into Dari, to Afghan children in the province of Badghis.

The story about the young master of asteroid B-612 and his vain-yet-beloved rose might sound like an odd weapon in the UN-led war against terror. And certainly neither baobab trees, which threaten the rose, or The Geographer, too busy making maps to leave his desk, figure in the Spanish army's tactics manuals. But a passionate book collector, Fuencisla Gozalo, managed to convince the defence ministry to add this mission to the army's plans.

The idea was hatched when Ms Gozalo, who possesses copies of The Little Prince in 200 languages, heard a sad story about an Afghan man, Ghulam Sakhi Ghairat, who translated the book to Dari, one of Afghanistan's two official languages, in 1977.

Nobody in Afghanistan wanted to buy his version of the asteroid voyager, and so the translator, now director of the Kabul School of Diplomacy, was forced to pack his copies of the novella into crates and store them in his home. His home was later bombed in the US-led invasion. The translator survived because he was in New York at the time, but the Dari copies of the story about the prince who meets a downed pilot in the desert and asks him to draw a sheep, were destroyed.

Ms Gozalo was so moved by the loss she asked friends for donations to print Mr Sakhi Gahairat's translation herself. Thirty friends contributed a total of €2,500 (£2,100) enough to print 5,000 Dari copies of Saint-Exupery's work.

"On the day of my birthday, I asked my friends not to get me a present but to help me finance the printing of a Dari edition of The Little Prince to give to Afghan women and children," she told the Spanish daily El País.

Her next challenge: how to get the copies into the right hands? The Spanish army seemed like the safest messenger for the precious cargo. She wrote a letter to the Defence Minister, Carmen Chacon. "Badghis is an extremely needy province, and if it is not a danger for our soldiers I believe it would be good if they could deliver the books to schools and libraries," the letter said, according to El País. "No child had ever been able to read The Little Prince," she said. "Now they can. They can learn the values that the book teaches: honesty, loyalty, friendship." (via)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Do you see The Little Prince when you look at your walls?

From artist Alix Soubiran, The Little Prince collection of wallpapers.

"Soubiran is an artist and storyteller, who credits her grandfather, a celebrated French author and recipient of the Theophraste Renaudot literary prize in 1943 for her passion for storytelling and fascination with stunning wall decor. Her book-filled grandfather's house in the 16th arrondissement in Paris inspired her fanciful designs. She has created a line of paper accessories, 19th century style butterflies meant to be positioned and stuck to the walls according to your fancy, as well as wallpapers that are manufactured and produced in the Los Angeles area.

Her latest designs use the beloved tale of "The Little Prince" as inspiration. Taking fanciful look at the fable, the line features deep sea creatures, imaginary birds and unicorns in space. The paper is designed for children's rooms but is more whimsical and classical than cute. Sea Ballet, shown above, was inspired by prehistoric-looking sea creatures and has a little of the feel of a botanical illustration." (via)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Barbapapa wants to hold your stuff, in style

Adults can't wear the Barbapapa dresses I featured recently, but these great Barbapapa Messenger Bags and Totes, definitely. Cute, Cute, Cute.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Time Out Chicago Kids gives Wundertime some love

We love Time Out Chicago Kids for honoring our Little Prince Ball as one of their 3 French Treasures for their holiday shopping issue.

Here's what they had to say:

"3. Have a Ball
A whimsical Little Prince Soft Ball, stitched and illustrated with Le Prince's favorite friends, is perfect for your own petit pitcher to toss around - and then hand down to his younger freres." (via)

Oh, and that's right. Did we mention that Wundertime was also included in their 125 perfect presents for kids? We don't like to brag but...

Thanks for the love!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Asterix Birthday Party

Happy Birthday Asterix! Fifty-one years ago, on October 29, 1959, this Mighty Gaul was born. WunderTime is proud to share in the celebration by offering 25% off our entire catalog of Asterix merchandise. Our party ends November 1, 2010. Buy your Asterix merchandise at

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Send your Teddy to Paris

You know we take Tintin everywhere we go. He's seen the world through our travels and that of our fans. Well, in addition to his own adventures of course. Now, you can send your Teddy abroad when you can't go yourself. (via)

"Here's how it works: you send Lamby, Kissy, Teddy or your stuffed animal of choice to Denis Gerber and he'll escort it around the City of Light, snap photos of it at the Place de la Concorde, the Louvre and other landmarks and return it to you with a digital photo album chronicling its adventures. For an extra $70 or so, Teddy can take one of four extension tours, exploring chic Paris or the parts of the city featured in The Da Vinci Code. "We've decided to offer the opportunity to visit this beautiful city to furry toys across the globe, and make sure their owners enjoy it (almost) as much as the furry darlings will," says the Furry Toys Tours website."

One question: Does the tour guide wear a Bear suit to make your little one feel comfortable?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A Fancy Frock for the Barbapapa fan

I am in love with these adorable Barbapapa dresses from Swedish site, Kaja Designs. And yes, you can get them at her Etsy shop.

But that's not all-she also has Pippi Longstocking, a personal favorite of mine. Mr. Nilsson ponytail holders make me swoon!

Oh Pippi, I love your barrettes too.

And yes, Moomintrolls too.

Like Snufkin better? Try these Snufkin clips.

Many of these are made from vintage fabrics. Which gives me an idea: Perhaps it's time to start hoarding fabric from current animated tv series, just to use in twenty years or so when the nostalgia kicks in. Something to think about.

Monday, October 18, 2010

The Little Prince wants to serve you Korean Food

Who knew that The Little Prince and Korean food went so well together? Clearly, the folks behind The Little Prince Kids Cafe, in Buena Park, California.

According to Koko Living, "The Little Prince Kids Cafe in Buena Park, CA has been making moms and kids shout of joy. There are playhouses popping up everywhere, but to find one that serves Korean food - friendly for kids and a playhouse full of great kid sitting service and activities! Wow! I wish I had a magic wand to make the Little Prince Kids Cafe as popular as Starbucks worldwide..."

Personally, I think this dining room looks fantastic. Comfy, but not cloyingly kiddish.

Koko Living also had a review by a real live expert, a mom who'd taken her little one there:

"Little Prince Kids Cafe in Buena Park was really cute and clean. They had plenty of workers on hand to care for the children. They have a mini jungle gym, ball bit, dress up area, infant area, and library inside. They also provide craft time and private lockers for your shoes. Its $8 for 2 hours, which includes one juice box for the kids. For the adults, admission is free as long as you order from the menu. It is a bit pricey since you have a time limit and a glass of iced coffee runs about $5 (and each additional 30 minutes you stay is $2). But because there are no other kids cafes near us, its a small price we have to pay. Overall, I'd give this place a 4 out of 5." Okay, so she doesn't mention the enormous Little Prince, but that's okay. When my son was little, I would have been all over this place, Giant Little Prince or not.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Little Prince in Creole

It's fitting that I've just gotten back from a Caribbean trip, since I've just discovered the The Little Prince is now available in Creole. According to the blog Repeating Islands, the publisher of previous Creole editions of Tintin, Asterix, and other favorites has now moved on to The Little Prince.

"Continuing its work to open a space for Creole expression, Caraïbéditions has recently (September 2010) published Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s Le Petit Prince [The Little Prince] in several Creole editions. The editions for different regions were translated by various specialists: in Guadeloupean Creole, Tiprens-la (Robert Chilin); in Martinican Creole, Ti-Prens lan (Marie-José Saint-Louis), for Réunion, Lo Pti Prins (Jocelin Lakia); and for French Guiana Tiprens-a (Aude Désiré). Editor Florent Charbonnier says that this is the first time that such a work is published simultaneously in the Creole of the four Overseas Departments." (via)

Wear your Little Prince on your sleeve, literally

Ahh, Paris Fashion Week. The perfect setting for The Little Prince, no? Okay, I'm not exactly sure about that, but he was there in full-force, featured as a main part of design Jean-Charles de Castelbajac's Spring/Summer 2011 collection. (via)

I must confess that some retro-loving part of me is quite keen on these sandals, but not so much for a man. Do they come in women's sizes?

I'm sincerely not sure what Antoine de Saint-Exupery would have thought of this, but hey, the guy has dressed Beyonce so something's working for him, right?

Monday, September 13, 2010

Barbapapa Saves Your Dates AND gives you treats

I came across these today, on Makeup Stash. Yes, not sure what these have to do with make-up, but that's okay.

I am looking for a new datebook, and would love to use this Barbapapa Calendar, "produced by Sun-Star, a Japanese stationery company, this adorable diary features these colourful creatures in different forms of confectionery and tea-time vessels." (via)

But it's not just the Calendar. Yup. There's candy too, to snack on while you arrange your dates. Sweet times, right?