The Formula Works
On Your Tablet / Coco & Apples is a new children’s book series founded by Oahu-bred designer and chef Raynard Oasay and Southern California native and artist Gisselle Barrientos. Hawaii audiences familiar with Japanese pop culture may especially enjoy the illustration style of Coco & Apples. “My artwork is greatly influenced by Japanese animation and video games,” says Barrientos, citing Hayao Miyazaki and Final Fantasy as some of her favorites. Inspired by their young son and love for animals, the duo decided to foray into the world of self-publishing and e-books. “With our backgrounds in illustration, motion graphics and graphic design it was inexpensive and cost practically nothing to produce,” says Oasay.
With macaroni and cheese as the topic of the first book, the website reveals recipes for miso soup and risotto, uncovering the broad range of international cuisines that may be the topics of future books. As the series becomes more expansive, Oasay and Barrientos would like to create a series that helps children understand and cope with different emotions, and promote a positive feeling of self.
In the meantime, the books are just too damn cute to pass up.