One of the reasons
How many times have you seen their little eyes wide open waiting for the last chapter, laughing with the illustrations… How many times have you heard their lovely and sweet voices begging for another book to read? They don't want this magical moment, snuggling with mommy or daddy, to come to an end. There is a fantastic feeling when the children ask for more stories (well, yes, all of us have a limit at night!)
This love for reading and their perception of becoming part of the stories is why I enjoy imagining, writing and illustrating Wolols' books for children and creating content from them. If along the way, I can leave a small seed through my books, teaching ethical values and giving some tips about taking care of our planet, I will be MORE THAN HAPPY!
Now I'm a mother of three children (and a bunch of funny eggs), and I still enjoy crossing the "childhood bridge" to engage with this magical place.
I've been fortunate to have an exciting life moving abroad with my parents and siblings. I turned five years old in Iran, and my teenage started in El Cairo, where we enjoyed two fantastic years.
This kind of life can turn you "addicted to changes" so when I married Mr D, and we had two "sometimes-too-wild-but-we-love-them-anyway" sons, and everything was "too perfect", we decided to shake off this balance and give a bite to the challenge of ex-pat life.
So we searched for opportunities outside of Spain, Mr D found a good one, and I left my job in the Marketing and Advertising field. We packed and moved to Geneva, Switzerland (amazing country, incredible landscape).
My name is María Vergara and I'm the Wolols' Mom. Welcome, and thank you for your interest in reading the story behind Wolols.
I was born in Spain, in the beautiful Andalusian city of Seville.
I've loved art and creativity since I was very young and used to daydream very often, lost in the endless world of imagination.
Reinventing yourself is a fun and exciting part of moving abroad. A huge opportunity is given to proof and find yourself, although it can be hard when you've been working for almost 15 years and suddenly you are a mom 24/7 in a new country. After the first year enjoying my family and learning French, I started to miss my job and "independency" so I began to wonder what to do with my professional life. Believe me, at the time I had all kind of ideas jumping in my brain.
In the middle of this reinvention period, we moved again, to Germany. Willkommen in Düsseldorf! Another change. Another challenge. Another country to explore, discover and enjoy!
I took the opportunity to learn more (yes, another language! but sadly I've lost fluency because I don't speak it often). I explored my creativity and started a business illustrating and designing t-shirts and bags for children. That was the birth of the Wolols, whom at that moment were named Cacotato. Almost at the same time, we had our third child, yay! a beautiful girl. I worked hard, failed in the "fashion" business but learnt a lot (really, a lot!) and moved again. Yes! This time to Singapore (August 2016 and happily still here), a warm country with incredible people and another opportunity to grow.
I knew I wanted to "recycle" my designs from Cacotato and bring them to children in another way, but how?. I completed a master in marketing, went through information and workshops about writing children's books, did a lot of educational and psychological research. I made many sketches and drawings, built personalities for the characters, and registered Wolols as a trademark. So after tons of working hours applying all my knowledge, I launched the WOLOLS brand through children's books and this website.
The ride has just begun and I want to continue enjoying it. Without you, this ride cannot keep growing up and looping (and won't be that fun), so I hope you find in Wolols' content and books a good source to engage your children in creative activities and fun projects, boost their imagination and encourage them to play.
Thank you for enjoying this bunch of joyful characters, reading their stories and crafting!