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Griffin and Sabine by Nick Bantock
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Feb 10, 09

bookshelves: art, epistolary

To categorize this as an epistolary book does not do justice to the artistry of this book. It's told in letters, yes, some of which are beautifully calligraphed and some of which are inexpertly typed. But then there are the gorgeous postcards! You could just stare at this book for ages.
Also, this may seem like a trite comparison, but... The Jolly Postman. It, along with Jolly Christmas Postman, was an amazing reading experience for me as a kid. Who doesn't love getting mail? So reading Griffin and Sabine brought back fond memories of unfolding cheerful Mother Goose characters' correspondence and chuckling at, say Jack visiting the beach on the Giant's dime; also, there is something about being able to see a character's handwriting (or poor typing), the little pictures in the margins, the postcards they choose: it really connects you to the characters.
Plus, the plot is crazy awesome.
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