Former SNL writer and comedic rising star Julio Torres takes readers on a journey through the lives and intimate dramas of some of the unsung shapes of our time in this picture book inspired by his HBO special My Favorite Shapes.
Shapes. You’ve heard of them. You might have even interacted with a few. But do you really know them? From plucky Plunger, who wishes to defy his shape and become a beautiful vase, to other household objects with dreams of a life beyond their predestined roles, I Want to Be a Vase takes readers on an essential and visually stunning journey through the lives and intimate dramas of often-overlooked household appliances.
A toilet plunger yearns to be a vase in Torres's moving object lesson of identity and purpose. When the bathroom mainstay announces its dreams of bringing more beauty to the world, it's initially met with nothing but negativity: "You're shaped like a plunger," insists the nearby sink. "That's your job. That's what you were made for." But the plunger manages to attach some flowers to its handle (a green pot immediately exclaims, "Oh, yay, look! It's a vase!"), unleashing a torrent of declarations from other household fixtures: the pan yearns to be a trash can, the trash can wishes to be a sofa pillow, the puzzle wants to be a plunger. The vacuum cleaner initially defends the status quo, but is finally won over by a plea to live and let live. Not everyone is suited to their assigned jobs being a plunger "wasn't my choice," says the newly declared vase and besides, "Isn't it nice to see everyone happy?" It's a thoughtful and broadly applicable fable with saturated, 3-D-style art by Glander, which takes readers throughout the house. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 4 8.