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I Want to Be a Vase

Julio Torres, Julian Glander (Illustrator)


List Price: 18.99*
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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.

Praise For I Want to Be a Vase

“I love this strange and brilliant book, which made me identify with a toilet plunger.”
—Mindy Kaling, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“If I were a book, I’d want to be the I Want to Be a Vase book! Funny, charming, and a great read-aloud for kids of any age!”
—Melissa de la Cruz, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“I’m deeply jealous of all the children who get to read this book. This is my villainous origin.”
—Aidy Bryant, actor, Saturday Night Live and Shrill

“This book is such a delicious feast for the eyes. It makes me want to be a refrigerator so I can store the leftovers!”
—Bowen Yang, actor, Saturday Night Live

Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 9781534493902, 48pp.

Publication Date: June 7, 2022

About the Author

Julio Torres is a comedian, the creator of the HBO special My Favorite Shapes, and has written for Saturday Night Live. He’s also one of the masterminds behind Los Espookys, HBO’s Spanish-language comedy about a group of horror enthusiasts. Visit him on Instagram @SpacePrinceJulio.

Julian Glander is a 3D animator, designer, and illustrator. Mostly self-taught, he has created work for Disney, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Adult Swim, and The New York Times. He is also the creator of the video game Art Sqool and the squishy comics collection 3D Sweeties. Visit him at