I'm very excited to do this review for you today, dear reader <3 Today I want to give a tiny review on A Punto De Partir written and illustrated by Fran Meneses. Fran is probably my number one inspiration right now for pretty much everything. I'm addicted to her videos, admire her work ethic and adore her work. If you don't know who I'm talking about, she also goes by Frannerd and she labels herself as an Illustuber. Fran lights a little light in my day when she updates with her artwork or blog posts. When she first announced she was writing a book a little while ago I didn't know how to handle my joy.
I waited for her to announce the release of the book and that day came about a year later! The tricky thing about it was that at the moment it was only available in Chile. I haven't had the best luck with international sellers and books so I was wary. When I did find a store that sold it online, I was so excited! But then I saw how much shipping was going to be... It was more than the book itself! Honestly I would have gotten the book sooner than I did but the holidays were coming up and the price was a bit much with everything else I needed to buy for others. Once the holidays were over, I took the jump and I am so glad I did. I couldn't be happier with the quality and service that I received from Busca Libre, I highly recommend them if you would like the book shipped outside of Chile.
First off, the book is in Spanish. This isn't a problem for me (actually an added bonus!) but it may be for those who would like to read it and aren't fluent in the language. She did announce that an English version is in the works and hopefully that will be available soon!
The book is Fran's travel journal that she kept while her and her husband Ed went on their honeymoon a few years ago. The book's guide is Fran and she talks about the journey from beginning to end sharing her experiences as well as some lovely tips for readers if they ever go to these places. The illustrations are true to her style throughout as well as mixed with her humor that she shares with us in her channel. I love how cute she and Ed are throughout the book and how honest she is about how she felt on their journey. My favorite part of the book was when she would break the fourth wall and talk to the readers as if she's really guiding you through the story and giving some background on the events occurring! It takes me a bit longer to read in Spanish than it does in English so I really felt immersed in her story and it put me in such an inspiring place. My husband (eek <3!) and I did something similar a few years ago except we actually lived in Spain for 9 months. We traveled as much as we could while we were there and actually visited everywhere she did in Europe! It was really lovely seeing the places we saw illustrated in her book and got to know the experience she had along with it. I took a lot of photos of everywhere we went but I wish I had done what she did and drew out the whole experience. I regret not drawing more than I did!!!
Another one of my favorite parts of the book is this beautiful design on the inside of the front and back cover. I think it gives the book a really "top quality" feel. The book feels really nice to hold in your hands, if that makes any sense! I feel like I got to see a little of how life was before I saw Fran on her Youtube channel. She created this video here where she details her experience writing and illustrating her first book which I highly suggest sitting through with a cup of tea.
She has her travel journal up on her Etsy store which I also highly recommend. I love Spanish/Hispanic Illustrators and Graphic Artists because I want to buy their stuff in both English and Spanish! I really enjoy her books and can't recommend them enough. Her work is fun to read but also makes you warm with something I can't explain. It's like talking to your best friend about a place they traveled to and looking at the photos they took. I guess that's a good description of Fran and the work she does. When I watch her videos and read her blog posts, it's like I'm talking to a close friend. She's lovely and inspiring and will make you want to grab the nearest pencil and start drawing whatever comes to your mind. If you have some time, do yourself a favor and watch her videos or spend some time on her Instagram, your creativity will thank you for it!
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