Book Genre: Art

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Hervé Tullet
Laurie.
4

Color theory aimed at children but fun for everyone. I especially enjoyed the interactive narrative which takes the reader by the hand (yes, you place your hand upon the pages), and mix colors page by page. The book prompted a painting party for the youngsters in my life. Even if you are adverse...

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Chip Kidd
Becker
4

Have you ever thought much about the design of everyday objects--your computer mouse, your favorite pen, your water bottle? Is it functional? Pleasing to look at? Whimsical? What about advertisements? Book covers? What draws you in? What confuses you (maybe in a good way)? Kidd's short book will...

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Fumio Obata
extra medium
5

This is one of the most elegant, perfectly illustrated comics I’ve seen in a long time. I literally gasped at each page: Obata’s control with watercolor is masterful without being overstated and his minimal approach to color perfectly fits the story. If you're looking for a thoughtful break from...

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Philip Wilkinson
ShellyB
4

I'd like to first of all admit that, yes, I do realize that this beautiful book could first and foremost be described as a very large, elaborate advertisement for LEGO toys, and yes, my son has not stopped asking for any of the builder sets featured, but this in no way takes away from how cool...

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Neil Patrick Harris
Laurie.
5

Entertaining and affirming, this book earned every star in my rating. What don't we know about Neil Patrick Harris? This laugh out loud autobiography provides a glimpse behind the wizard's curtain and it's all good. Written in third person and in a tone that harkens back to "This is Your Life",...

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Brandon Alinger
Hana
4

When I picked up this collection I had no idea that I would be as blown away as I ended up being. The photography in this book shows the exquisite details of all the pieces that were used in the films. One of my favorite discoveries provided by this book is the hand sewn quality of all the...

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Jacob Grimm
Emily
4

Wow, this book is lovely! The binding! The cutouts! The lush colors! Little Red Riding Hood as you've never seen her before. 

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Roxane Orgill
Porscha
4

This is a children’s book telling a story of jazz giant Louis Armstrong’s first encounters with a cornet. Illustrated by Leonard Jenkins, the book has stunning illustrations done in acrylic, spray paint and pastel reminiscent of fine artist Francis Bacon, but much more intimate (and age...

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Joann Sfar
Laurie.
4

Sfar writes a fun, zany story and Emmanuel Guibert gives it life with perfectly matched graphic art. When Egyptologist Professor Bowell leaves town on business, his daughter Lillian and prized mummy Imhotep IV decide to spend the day together exploring Victorian London. On...

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Rebecca Chaperon
Angelita
4

This book is a quick read, you are just basically going through the alphabet with reasons to miss school. But the most important part of this book is the art and the design of the book. At first, it comes off as a picture books for kids, but once you look at the art it instantly draws in an...

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Robert Storr
Hana
5

A wonderful presentation of work and analysis on one of my favorite artists. The interview with Bourgeois at the beginning of this book helps set the stage for what is to come for those that are not familiar with her work. Bourgeois is an intense and symbolic artists that I have always been able...

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Laurie.
5

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year or WPY, is an international competition co-sponsored by the United Kingdom's Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide. WPY turned 50 this year and to mark the occasion, published this...

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Alan Fletcher
Hana
4

Organized by theme, this fantastic volume of work explores Alan Fletcher's famous design solutions. This book explores designs created during his time as the founder of the design firm Pentagram, his time as an independent designer, and his work as the art director for Phaidon Press. This is a...

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Hana
4

An excellent overview of the process and ideas behind conceptual art. Often a confusing concept for those beginning to study the movement, this book help layout what conceptual art means and does so with detailed, large-scale photographs. Phaidon's Themes and Movements series is...

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Nicky Albrechtsen
Laurie.
4

The Romans and Egyptians used handkerchiefs but it wasn't until the 20th century that every day folk were able to afford them. So popular was the concept that Kimberly-Clark launched disposable tissues in 1923. The War however limited the use of paper so traditional handkerchiefs made a come...

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Mimi Melnick
Laurie.
5

Mimi and Robert Melnick were often described as "urban archeologists." The were also artists who recognized aesthetic functionalism. It wasn't until a chance discussion at a dinner party that manhole covers became their focus for twenty years. Their initial research and photography focused on...

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Hana
4

An excellent collection of contemporary drawing and artists that will provide inspiration to artists, designers, or anyone looking for a little extra beauty in their life. The "vitamin" series published by Phaidon Press gives an incredibly accessible view into the state of creativity in...

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Steve McCurry
ShellyB
5

This is a book of the stories behind the pictures that tell the stories.  Steve McCurry's photos are stunning - his use in many of his photographs of two or three extremely vibrant colors that just jump out of the page at you is absolutely amazing and allows those photos to have such an...

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Nick Hand
Laurie.
4

For some, bike to work day, is just once a year. For others, biking is an everyday joy and the only way to connect with community and the land. Hand's book is born out of respect and love for people who create and restore communities with their...

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Ginny Skinner
Laurie.
5

Briony's life is one long waiting game for the next adventure of her favorite dystopian novel, The Adventures of Starling Black. But it isn't enough to read about Starling, the beautiful spell-casting exorcist. Briony wants to be strong and powerful just like Starling. And when she...

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Audrey Niffenegger
Laurie.
4

Niffenegger's illustrated or visual novel has also been called a novel with images. The story of sibling rivalry, love and forgiveness is creepy but that's not all. The aquatint images are innocent, mirthful, rapturous, haunting and tranquil. She was influenced by Lynd Ward's Gods' Man...

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Amy Novesky
Angelita
5

Many of the books on Frida Kahlo may be too grown up for children, but this book is a great book to explore Frida's art and life.  Especially when researching Latin American Artist.  The book shows how Frida became an artist, but also how her husband and the things around her became...

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Angelita
5

I am not sure I would consider this book a graphic novel. I am not sure if it related to the other graphic novels. But it is definitely a collection of art based on the television series' characters. I used the various depiction of the characters and I can't wait to see if there are more books...

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Charmaine Ortega Getz
Porscha
4

I was happy to stumble on this book in our collection. It covers a lot of insider’s information of interesting and eccentric locations and history in Colorado. It also explains a few things I always wondered about and even a few I hadn’t heard of yet. Two interesting sites I hadn’t heard about...

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Nicole J Georges
Laurie.
5

Grab a binky and set aside uninterrupted time to read (and re-read) Nicole George's vulnerable and witty memoir. The basic storyline of dead dad-crazy mom-coming out-love-dogs and sundry surprises would just be too overwhelming if it weren't for Nicole's understated sharing. Her honesty and...