YayaEzzy Plush Toys by June Ramli
I’ve always had this urge to create a picture book since 2013, right after penning my maiden book: “How Millionaires Got Their First Break,” the idea for the second book teaching kids about money management came in a whiplash. But I had a hard time completing the book because I didn’t know where to start. And then I moved countries and joined a picture book writing course at the Australian Writing Center in Sydney. It all came into fruition from thereon. But it really took form in 2018 during a much needed break I took from full-time employment to carve out my first picture book title “Yaya, Ezzy and Tante June’s Trip to the Shops.” Although it wasn’t my best work, the illustrations could have been improved in my opinion but have been done and dusted. And then I moved on to three other books, “My Secret Alien Friend,” “LazyBum Skincare” and “Taukeh Leong” which were all published in 2021.The characters from these plush toys are derived from the first and my second book about aliens. We are only selling four characters for now, the alien child Xeno, the two young kids Yaya and her brother Ezzy and their Tante June. Like everything in Australia, these toys are 100 per cent handmade but from China the same makers who produce for Walmart in the US. Anyway, guys if you are thinking ewww not China, Australia’s manufacturing line is pretty hopeless and so I had to resort to overseas manufacturing for this plush toy idea of mine. I hope these little plush toys will give you or your children the same joy that it gave me when I was designing them from scratch.