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About the Author

Christoph Niemann is an award-winning illustrator, designer, and children’s book author. He is a regular contributor to the New Yorker, Wired, and the New York Times. He lives in Berlin, Germany.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; 1 edition (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419702076
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419702075
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #404,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was found this book through a recommendation from someone I respect. I have no idea how it has zero reviews, because after ordering it, I promptly read the book from cover to cover in one day. No book has had me laughing as much as this one did - really smart, intelligent illustrations that you sometimes have to think about, but once it clicks, you'll almost certainly laugh out loud. This book was so genius I went to my girlfriend and told her it was the best thing I've ever read - I'm not totally sure that's true, but it was a tour de force from cover to cover. I would recommend it to any smart person with a sense of humor - and especially those from New York, because the NY references certainly will appeal better to those from that region. I am not from there, but still found most of it uproariously funny, incredibly creative, and well worth the purchase. A must buy.
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Clearly, Christoph Niemann's brain works differently than everyone else's, because he isn't just a designer or an artist blogging for the New York Times (where he recently live-drew the running of the New York Marathon): His media include cookie dough, wires, Legos and even tiles (check out the MTA map bathroom he created for his subway-obsessed kids). He hilariously documents his love-hate affair with coffee (drawn with coffee on paper napkins, of course), creates schematics of sleep positions, and documents in classical scientific terms the challenges of dressing a young child. For those who are drawn (HA! GET IT?) to the process of it all, the afterword about the pains of having to be creative on command is a must-read. Actually, the whole book is a must-read. My favorite book of the year, and it's not even summer yet. Five stars!
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This collection of witty and hilarious observations is so much fun to flip through. A collection from the author's visual blog for the NYTimes, everything from legos to pastry dough serve as the materials for his charming illustrations. I purchased this book as a gift for a dear friend this past Christmas, and if I didn't love that friend so much I would surely have kept the book for myself. In fact, I'm going to purchase a few more to keep on hand for housewarming and hostess gifts, and this time I'll keep one for myself. This book is delight for anyone, but especially New Yorkers and artist/designers.
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Christoph Niemann is awful smart -- and his art reflects hours of thought, and a creative process that incorporates observation, humor, and family. I love this book, and have a hard copy for the waiting area at my office, and a Kindle copy on my iPad...it makes me smile, and laugh, and look at things from slightly different points of view -- this morning, I started planning how to draw a chart of keeping the yolky part of your over-easy eggs from leaking into your hashbrowns...thanks, Christoff!
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Love the book. Very smart drawings and witty ideas. My 8 year old daughter enjoys it as much as I do as well!
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Wonderful. Not sure where Christoph Niemann gets all of his creative ideas, but this book is fantastic. A series of chapters with interesting stories tied to very interesting graphics (every chapter has its own distinct style). I received one for Christmas and have since bought one for a friend into graphic arts...a great gift for people in this field. The graphics, for the most part, are rather simplistic (e.g., line drawings on napkins in one chapter), but this actually makes the book that much more compelling. You start to realize how visual story telling does not have to involve 15 different computer programs. Moreover, as simple as the graphics are in places, they are ALWAYS incredibly clever.
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I hold in my hands an urban landscape as seen by a unique descriptor. My world looks nothing like Niemann's New York, how fun it is to see what he sees, one thing can look so much like another with only the slightest change. This is a brilliant book, done by an uncanny mind.
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