As a design-conscious auntie, I knew I couldn't get any ol' kid toy for my soon-to-be three yr.old niece.
Fischerschool toys are so-so but I hate that limited pre-school color palette. Hello Kitty was fine but I wanted something a lil' different and quirky--you know, something that fits Auntie's style ^_^.
Since I'm a ferocious reader, I wanted to give the gifts of books to my smartie-pants niece, something different from the pile of kiddie DVDs she's gonna get from my mom. Lo and behold, I found Bossy Bear at my local Borders. It's illustrated and written by the co-creator of Ugly Dolls, David Horvath, and Bossy Bear is quite kawaii. I love his lil' red cape and crown. "Mine!" I chortled as I grabbed it off the shelf. I really almost want this book for myself.
Here's a lil plot snippet from Amazon: "Clearly a self-appointed king of any domain, this blue tyrant wearing a golden crown and a red cape has a to-do list that includes, "Do what I want. Take me where I want to go. HURRY UP!" Unsurprisingly, Bossy Bear's ways leave him all alone. An encounter with someone new—a patient, toothy turtle—leads to Bossy Bear's enlightenment."
If you visit Bossy Bear's site, you can download desktop wallpapers of him.