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Cans: The Life's Work of an Optimistic Dog Paperback – July 30, 2010


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  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466211016
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466211018
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,024,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

JoJo McGinnis is an ordinary dog with extraordinary vision. He started making his sculpture in the mid 2000's but his genius went unrecognized for several years until the people he lives with began collecting his output. Hundreds of manipulated cans later it became obvious JoJo has a lot to say!

As a dog JoJo has simple every day philosophies that run a whole heck of a lot deeper than they first appear.


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Marti McGinnis is a professional artist, author and new media marketer. She lives on top of a hill in horse country Kentucky where she connects to the world at-large through the many online platforms of connection.

Almost every morning she starts her day making a drawing which she then posts on her Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/happyartmarti). The topics can be anything and they're always pretty imaginative. She's compiled a collection of 400+ in a book available here on amazon titled "400 Mornings".

She keeps up to date with the latest trends in online networking and web presence building and maintenance for a group of clients, and has helped several produce their own books also available here on amazon!

Her art is whimsical, colorful and highly collectible. You can see samples at: http://www.happyart.com
Her client work is likewise refreshing and upbeat. You can see samples at: http://www.martimcginnis.com

She's accessible and optimistic and loves connecting with others with a similar focus.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deb Lampert on April 11, 2012
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I have been a fan of JoJo's work since his early puppy work in the Chicago area. What a delight to see him rise to his well-earned fame as a published artist! What better way to celebrate your arrival into recognized art guy fame than to slobber self-effacedly on your own coffeetable book? His work has expressed that unrestrained can-do attitude from can No. 1. What a talent! You can see the varied subtleties as he works from chicken in broth through sea treats and back to lamb stew with gravy. And after all this time and all those cans, the next can is still his favorite, as he works his magic to create yet another un-canny masterpiece. What a dog! Good boy, JoJo. Good dog!
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Wow! Marti and Jojo took the simple pun of Cans to a new height. I read Cans: The Life's Work of an Optimistic Dog in one sitting and had many laughs at the antics and the philosophy of life that this woman and dog team came up with. Wisdom such as "Ignore idiots" or "Get over guilt pretty quickly" and "collapse when tired" is useful for all species. I especially identified with "Life is delicious, lick your plate clean". I certainly appreciate this unique view of the world. Thank you Marti for the obvious love that you share with your animals and challenge you put forward for all artists, poets and dancers to embrace all the "Cans" in our lives!
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I love Jo Jo McGinnis, he has the right attitude. We should all see the cans and not the cant's. This is a very clever and uplifting book; I bought one for my grandson as a book to live by and remind himself to look at life through a positive lens. JoJo McGinnis...what's next? I hope there are more life lessons for you to share!
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By Anni Lampert on April 4, 2012
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Jo Jo the talented catttle dog demonstrates one of the biggest parts of producing art - sometimes it's more productive to not overthink the creative process. Just get started and let it happen.

For those studying art and artists, this book begs the questions What Is Art and Who Is An Artist. Including this book in a comprehensive curriculum of art history, comtemporary American artists or American arts & culture classes will assure lively discussions.
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Jojo is my guru!! As an often depressed struggling artist I have to admit that this book, written by a pooch, is more enlightening, entertaining, and encouraging than any amount of therapy I have thus far endured. Plus!...its only a fraction of the cost...AND...I can freely revisit that cleverly insightful, humorously uplifting, and positively inspiring feeling any time and as many times as I like. Which is often. One day Jojo's philosophy will sink in...but I hope not soon as I truly enjoy his [and his companion Marti's] sense of humor as much as I enjoy the art that comes from them both. I was so impressed with Jojo's sculptures that I went to his etsy store and purchased a painting collaboration between co-authors Jojo and Marti that featured 2 of his cans with his portrait! So kawaii! I can't wait for the next book by Marti or Jojo...I'm a fan for life! You should buy this book. You need this book. Its a great read for anyone searching for happiness. Better than any of the self-help spiritual books out there...and believe me I've read quite a few. I just wish the entire book was in full color. If it wasn't for the content being so amusing and engaging all that black and white would be a real drag.
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