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Atlas, Schmatlas: A Superior Atlas of the World Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; 1ST edition (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810994321
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810994324
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,485,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Craig Robinson is an artist, illustrator, designer, and animator. He is the author of Minipops: Famous People Drawn Really Small and Fun Fun Fun: 30 Ways to Have Fun, and the creator of the popular Web site Flipflopflyin.com. He lives in Germany, although he is a rabid Yankees fan.

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Born in Lincoln, UK in 1970. Currently living in Mexico City, Mexico. Very short-sighted. Beard. Large collection of baseball caps. Fan of procrastination, drawing, Mariano Rivera, the Beach Boys, Yves Klein, Peanuts, peanuts, the Shangri-Las, Ichiro Suzuki, Lolita (the book and the Kubrick movie), Diego Maradona, Seinfeld, mezcal, Kenny Dalgish, and poutine.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Breezie Scheezie on September 17, 2007
Format: Hardcover
If you're not yet familiar with the work of Craig Robinson, you need to be as soon as possible. "Atlas, Schmatlas" is brilliantly illustrated in Craig's signature pixel-oriented style, and the impeccable sense of humor employed on his Website ([...]) is in full-force here. I've been a fan for a long time, and it's great to have a book featuring more extensive writing - some of his descriptions of various countries actually had me laughing out loud . . . this book makes for a great gift, and it sure to keep you entertained. Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AliGhaemi on October 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Craig Robinson is not a geographer, but he sure makes the facts - as he sees them - fun to read. The brightly illustrated book covers the countries of the world in ways no snobby scholar would. Filled with facts and even more filled with wit, Atlas, Schmatlas: A Superior Atlas Of The World is both funny and informative in the same way as the recently published Borat and Onion's Atlas books.

The book is irreverent and turns the concept of an Atlas upside down, but read more carefully and the sarcasm is so true it begins to hurt. It is doubtful many parents would buy this as a present for their children, which is sad because Schmatlas would otherwise inform the reader that Nepal's "Mount Qomolangma can make a rich man's penis bigger" or that after getting rid of the aristocratic Brits, "Americans decided that they'd have a president instead, one that wasn't part of a rich family where fathers and sons ruled the nation and just helped out their rich mates."

Good insight indeed (and maps, capitals, population statistics and more too), but whether the book will be referenced too many times is probably a matter of taste. Perhaps knowledge is something that needs to be passed on after all, which makes Schmatlas perfect for regifting instead of resifting.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kamal O. Scott on May 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
His website is great and this book is pretty funny (and somewhat informative). Not really 'family friendly' like I hoped but still worth getting.
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By Brent Lewellen on February 3, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a good book but we were caught off guard by the adult language.
Not appropriate for our 10 year old.
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Format: Hardcover
A genuinely witty take on the ancient concept of the atlas. Craig Robinson is the soul of wit (his Twitter motto is, "Wake up, do stuff, go to bed. Repeat 'til dead.")

If you appreciate that line, you will appreciate this glorious book, vividly illustrated and filled with facts, factoids and knowledge, presented with a rare and much-to-be-treasured-and-encouraged sensibility.

This is an author and illustrator to savor and to follow. Start now!
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