Meomi is Vicki Wong and Michael Murphy. Meomi enjoys sitting by the ocean, making up stories, drinking tea, and drawing strange creatures. Meomi's characters have appeared in clothing, toys, merchandise, and magazines worldwide. They have also created art and animation for clients such as CBC4Kids, Google, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Yo Gabba Gabba, and the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and Paralympics. Meomi likes sea slugs, yarn hats, and ukuleles. Visit them at www.meomi.com.
"As promised, here's a post about kids' books, and specifically
Meomi's fabulous The Octonauts series...The books in question are
The Only Lonely Monster, The Sea of Shade, and the
new release, The Frown Fish. All hold the attention of the
grownups, the teenager, and the school-age tike in the house.
Seriously, everyone should run out and get these." -
"Blame it on the Olympics. With Beijing behind us, thoughts turn to Vancouver, then Meomi, the team that designed the 2010 mascots. Next thing you know, we remember there is a new Octonauts book coming out in October. Why write about clown fish when there's a frown fish that needs cheering up? In The Octonauts and the Frown Fish by Meomi, the underwater crew use activities such as a baking marathon to entice their new friend to smile. Another affordable piece for the adult collector of cute." - Art MoCo
"The Octonauts are a crew of eight adorable undersea explorers. I fell in love with all of them, and I don't think I could pick a favorite animal. In The Octonauts and the Frown Fish, the crew finds a fish that frowns all the time. They don't know why the fish frowns because they don't speak 'Frownese.' The Octonauts are determined to cheer the fish up. his book elicited the 'aww, that's cute' reaction many times. The artwork is so adorable, and the story is simple but sweet. I hope the Frown Fish becomes a recurring character. I don't know if I'd describe this as a children's book because adults can enjoy it as well. The artwork alone is worth the price of the book. I would recommend it for anyone with kids or anyone who is a kid at heart."- Supah Cute
"[The Octonauts & the Frown Fish] not only is filled with illustrations of cute stylized sea creatures, but the story itself is very appealing to young readers...For designers, illustrators and those in the media industry, this is a keepsake with its lovely illustration for reference and also educational purpose. Every page is filled with endearing soft sweet colors and there is not a single space that has no colors. For parents, this is suitable for young kids to get started on adventure and exciting stories, building up curiosity about science, biology and not to forget that inquisitive mind of a young reader for detective-styled storyline. You'll be surprised if you discover a little Sherlock Holmes in the making. All in all, the storyline is simply done, the illustrations are just marvelous and the characters are just adorable and innocent. Would be a good gift for this coming Christmas." - All About Kawaii
"Although the book appeals to young children, it has a wry sense of humour which will also appeal to adult readers... All in all, the book engages the readers through its visual appeal! ... Recommended." - CM magazine "Octonauts by Meomi; a picture book for the cool kids." - IlikeCharacters.com "The characters are so cute I want to eat them up." - MisoChang.com "Vicki Wong and Michael Murphy have created a fascinating world full of mystery and unbelievable cuteness..." - Locus of Control