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Missed Connections: Love, Lost & Found Paperback – Bargain Price, September 22, 2011
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About the Author
Award from the Society of Illustrators, the Ivy and Bean series, and more. Her editorial illustrations have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and many magazines. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her family and a stuffed armadillo.
More About the Author
Blackall has collaborated with many notable authors, including Aldous Huxley, Judith Viorst, Jane Yolen and Meg Rosoff.
Her editorial illustrations have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Time, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Town & Country and many others.
Her latest project, http://www.missedconnectionsny.blogspot.com Missed Connections, which began as a blog in early 2009, is an ongoing series of paintings based on real, anonymous messages posted online by lovelorn strangers.
"Blackall, who elevates everything she illustrates, has a knack for using clever details to get the humor across."--Booklist
"Khan has an ideal collaborator in Sophie Blackall, whose Chinese ink-and-watercolor drawings convey exquisite detail and precise emotion. Like all the best picture books, "Big Red Lollipop" amply rewards close examination." - New York Times
"One of the best picture-book artists around, Blackall offers winsome art that is interesting in its use of perspective, perceptive in its depiction of family dynamics, and just plain adorable in its effort to make ferrets fetching. This is a book that's clever in every sense of the word: skillful, original, and witty." -Booklist
Top Customer Reviews
Almost everyone who uses craigslist.com has heard about the Missed Connection classifieds; a place where strangers who have chance encounters write posts in hopes of finding a "missed connection." Detailing whatever they remember, (no matter how insignificant), these strangers describe places, faces, clothing, and other accoutrements that may, or may not, lead them to people they want another chance with. Once Sophie Blackall discovered Missed Connections, after a fleeting encounter of her own, she decided to use her passion for painting in order to bring the posts to life. On her blog, [...] , Sophie posts her paintings, brush-stroked in rich watercolors and Chinese ink, of missed opportunities, regrets, and hopes of future contact with the ones once lost. Each glossy plate of the 128 page book captures a different Missed Connections post as well as several small related margin illustrations; every depiction evoking the feelings of both Sophie and the post-maker towards the person or event.
The amazingly playful, yet serenely elaborate paintings drew me in to this resplendent artistic world. Sure, I had always wondered about the Missed Connections classifieds, but I had never really viewed and imagined them in the ways presented in this crafty little book. It is definitely one of my top ten books for 2011 due to its refreshingly light and amusing tone. I also loved the introduction, especially Sophie Blackall's recounting of her personal Missed Connection experiences. After finishing this book, I had to pull up Sophie's blog and look at all her other Missed Connections paintings, which are also brilliant! I can tell this will be a new addiction of mine. I recommend this to readers and artists alike!
Rating: Clean Getaway (5/5)
*** I received Missed Connections by Sophie Blackall from Workman Publishing in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
My purchase and subsequent reading of Missed Connections was more than my need to stick my nose into the private lives of other people, though I'm sure that played a large role. Primarily, I picked up Missed Connections because of the author, Sophie Blackall, who I normally read with my children in her Ivy & Bean series for younger readers. I'm a huge fan, not only of her writing but her illustrations as well. There's a quirkiness to her art that's incredibly endearing and it never fails to hit my "laugh-out-loud" button; Missed Connections was no exception to this.
What was incredible about this book was the fact that every bit of it was taken from actual accounts of real people and "missed connections" from Craigslist. Much like Sophie mentions in the beginning of the book, I'd never heard of this before and ended up spending hours aimlessly perusing not only her Missed Connections blog, but also Craigslist as well. It's just too much fun to imagine how these anonymous people end up.Read more ›
The introduction is well-written, but assumes the reader already knows what a "missed connection" is. I still have no idea what the numbers after M4W or M4M mean. (e.g. M4W-27 or W4M-32)
What does the book a disservice is the repetition of the messages. I wish the designer had kept the calligraphy within the illustrations and not added an entire extra page for each illustration with only blank space and the words--already perfectly legible--reprinted in a boring typeface.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful artwork and great choice of missed connections to paint.Published 14 months ago by J. R. Cohen
Just received my copy. This book is beyond beautiful. Her introduction is simply amazing and lyrical and gives so much depth to the illustrations. HIGHLY recommend getting a copy. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Laurie Wisbrun
First read about this book in a magazine. It has beautiful illustrations to accompany the touching stories. Some are funny, some are sad. Great coffee table book.Published 24 months ago by Dana
Well, it's a coffee table book. I guess I still expected more substance. The writings + illustrations just didn't hit home with me. Read morePublished on January 8, 2014 by Casey Lynn
I probably should have read the description more carefully or something, but this was definitely not what I expected. So, read carefully before buying...Published on July 25, 2013 by Sue E
I really enjoyed this book- it has unique illustrations, and the stories are great. I hope she comes out with a second one!Published on July 12, 2013 by ashleyamorous
Inspiring in its simplicity. Ms. Blackall has done a magnificent job of turning personal stories and observations into both delightful and profound imagery. Read morePublished on July 5, 2013 by avidgrammarist
I've bought three of these already as gifts...I just love this unique, masterfully produced book. Sophie's talent of storytelling, combined with her incredible gift of watercolor,... Read morePublished on June 12, 2013 by Vynlfreek