A Flake Like Mike
A Flake Like Mike -The Book
A Flake Like Mike is a limited-edition hardcover children's book for luxury department store Saks Fifth Avenue published by Harper Collins for the 2008 holiday season. Capuozzo illustrated the book using his signature collage style. The illustrations create a playful world reflecting the vibrant energy of the book's New York City setting.
Written by Simpsons writer Mike Reiss, the story follows a snowflake named Mike who is rejected by other snowflakes for being different. The feel-good story is about finding one's own individual identity. When I started the illustrations for the book, Sak's asked me to incorporate Marion Bantjes' snowflake illustrations from their holiday branding. Even though I didn't personally work with Marion, it was great fun transforming her snowflakes into characters that fit into my illustration style. They made a great addition to the array of different characters that live in the book.
The book's narrative and illustrations were used as the basis for the design of the holiday windows in Saks' flagship New York City store and in stores nationwide.