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Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals
4.11
it was amazing
None
Jan 2012
Jan 26, 2012
 
Christian Lacroix and the Tale of Sleeping Beauty
3.84
liked it
Christian Lacroix illustrated this fluffy adaptation of the fairy tale that incorporates biographical fashion elements into Sleeping Beauty's story. A ...more
Dec 2011
Dec 28, 2011
 
Dante’s Divine Comedy: A Graphic Adaptation
3.55
liked it
A "3" only for the great illustrations. The text is about a "1", utterly lacking any poetry, and also confusing.
Aug 2013
Aug 15, 2013
 
Paper: Tear, Fold, Rip, Crease, Cut
3.97
really liked it
I took a bunch of books about manipulating and cutting paper out of the library; this one had the most interesting and inspirational work. Very well i ...more
Apr 2017
Apr 28, 2017
 
Roy G Biv
3.30
really liked it
This is a somewhat random and fun collection of history and facts, both general and specific, about color. Well-designed illustrations and quotations ...more
Dec 2013
Dec 15, 2013
 
Clouds: Nature and Culture
4.33
really liked it
While I could not get into the technical details and history of cloud classification, there's lots of other information--myth, art, nature--to enterta ...more
Sep 2017
Sep 16, 2017
 
The Conference of the Birds
4.23
it was amazing
A beautiful, ethereal, enigmatic book. Both the poem (written by Fari un-Din Attar in the 12th century) and the Peter Sis illustrations are spiritual, ...more
May 2012
May 22, 2012
 
Paris Underground: The Maps, Stations, and Design of the Metro
3.98
liked it
I started to read this but the text was pretty boring to me--for "history of the Paris Metro" enthusiasts only. However the photos and maps are pretty ...more
Jun 2010
Jul 03, 2010
 
Red Dragonfly on My Shoulder
3.33
really liked it
A children's book of haiku illustrated by the wonderful Molly Bang. I was especially taken with the leaf-sparrow in the rice-rain to illustrate Buson: ...more
Jul 2015
Jul 27, 2015
 
Make Good Art
4.30
liked it
I like Neil Gaiman.

I like Chip Kidd.

And this is a truly truly TRULY great speech.

But somehow it didn't work for me as a book--too fragmented. The gest
...more
Jul 2013
Jul 20, 2013
 
The journey is the destination : the journals of Dan Eldon
4.22
really liked it
Eldon clearly had intensity and a visual gift. I would have liked to see more historical context; I think it would have added depth and clarity to the ...more
Oct 2011
Oct 26, 2011
 
Into the Woods: John James Audubon Lives His Dream
4.00
liked it
Written in verse as a letter to his father, and interspersed with quotes from Audubon's journals, this book did not really appeal to me that much. Alt ...more
Apr 2016
Apr 28, 2016
 
100 Ideas That Changed Graphic Design
3.93
really liked it
I wasn't enamored with all 100 of the concepts the authors highlight here, but there's plenty to satisfy anyone interested in the graphic representati ...more
Dec 2016
Dec 22, 2016
 
The Visual Miscellaneum: A Colorful Guide to the World's Most Consequential Trivia
3.90
liked it
A wide-ranging visual exploration of multifarious information--from women's fashion colors to most edited Wikipedia pages to theories of the origin of ...more
Sep 2012
Oct 02, 2012
 
Imaginary Animals: The Monstrous, the Wondrous and the Human
4.30
it was amazing
This book is a visual and literary treasure. If you are at all interested in mythology and the fantastic breadth of the human imagination, many hours ...more
Apr 2016
Apr 28, 2016
 
Dali: The Reality of Dreams
3.82
liked it
The descriptive and biographical text is full of psychobabble and neither very informative nor illuminating. A variety of good quality reproductions s ...more
Apr 2012
May 07, 2012
 
Map: Exploring the World
4.35
it was amazing
This is a mammoth book of maps across place and time. Each map includes a short explanation.

A true coffee table book, one that needs to be explored an
...more
Feb 2016
Feb 22, 2016
 
The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon
4.07
it was amazing
Based on Audubon's early years in the United States in rural Pennsylvania, Davies' book traces the beginnings of the artist's serious nature studies. ...more
Apr 2016
Apr 28, 2016
 
Haiku: The Poetry of Nature
4.05
really liked it
David Cobb has chosen artwork from the British Museum to complement haiku from a variety of poets that reach beyond the trio of Issa, Basho, and Buson ...more
Aug 2015
Aug 03, 2015
 
Botanical Shakespeare: An Illustrated Compendium of All the Flowers, Fruits, Herbs, Trees, Seeds, and Grasses Cited by the World's Greatest Playwright
4.58
really liked it
Lovely botanical drawings accompanied by quotes from Shakespeare. In case you were wondering, "rose" is the most-mentioned by far. The end of the book ...more
May 2017
May 31, 2017
 
The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black
3.51
liked it
The cover of this book is very appealing--an anatomical skeleton with wing bones--and the lavish illustrations of mythical creatures do not disappoint ...more
Jan 2013
Nov 05, 2013
 
ABeCedarios: Mexican Folk Art ABCs in English and Spanish
3.98
it was amazing
Oaxaca, Mexico, is justly famous for its brightly painted wooden animal sculpture. In ABeCedarios, the authors showcase the creations of the Jimenez f ...more
Aug 2016
Aug 22, 2016
 
Seeing Japan
3.86
liked it
I guess this is a profusely illustrated travel guide, although it's way too large to carry along on a trip. There is a bit of history, but mostly desc ...more
Jan 2013
Jan 12, 2013
 
World Views: Maps and Art
3.67
liked it
I'm sure the exhibit was more interesting than this catalog/book. The essays have some good observations about maps, but nothing I haven't seen before ...more
Nov 2011
Nov 11, 2011
 
Georgia O'Keeffe, 1887-1986: Flowers in the Desert
4.10
really liked it
As always, Taschen produces a visually beautiful book. O'Keefe's work needs no enhancement--and, as the author notes, viewers have moved beyond the fl ...more
Jan 2012
Jan 05, 2012
 
Masks: Faces of Culture
4.17
it was amazing
"Masks both conceal and reveal."

The history of masking is a mirror of human relations to the environment, the spiritual world, and each other.

The auth
...more
Oct 2011
Oct 05, 2011
 
Mascaras De Los Andes Bolivianos/Masks of the Bolivian Andes
5.00
it was amazing
What a feast of visual delight--the photos of masks, dancers, and costumes--contain so much to admire and inspire. I was particularly pleased to see s ...more
Nov 2016
Nov 10, 2016
 
Tap Dancing on the Roof: Sijo (Poems)
3.81
really liked it
Sijo is a Korean form of poetry, similar to haiku. It can be either 3 or 6 lines, and is structured through stressed syllable rather than rhyme. The l ...more
Feb 2016
Feb 22, 2016
 
The Art of the Map: An Illustrated History of Map Elements and Embellishments
3.21
liked it
While there are some wonderful maps illustrated in this book--really how can you miss with reproductions of historical maps?--for the most part Reinha ...more
Apr 2013
Apr 20, 2013
 
When the Moon is Full
4.02
really liked it
Pollock uses the 12 month cycle to talk about Native American names for the year's full moons, with a short poem and beautiful painted prints by Mary ...more
Jan 2017
Jan 09, 2017
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