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Petit Connoisseur: Art Board book – October 1, 2003

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About the Author

New Yorker and 'tween expert KAREN SALMANSOHN is the best-selling author of lots of books for adults including How to Be Happy, Dammit! (Ten Speed Press).
Graphic designer BRIAN STAUFFER resides in Coral Gables, Florida.

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Product Details

  • Series: Petit Connoisseur
  • Board book: 16 pages
  • Publisher: Tricycle Press (October 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582461031
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582461038
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,462,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Karen Salmansohn ( is a best selling author and award winning designer - with over 1 million books sold - who is passionate about empowering people to live their happiest, highest potential lives. She's known for creating a new breed of self help - for people who would never be caught dead doing self help - because she merges a range of psychological and philosophical research with humor and stylish graphics.


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Karen's been a featured happiness expert on The Today Show, The View, CNN, Fox News, Bill Maher's show - and is also a columnist for Oprah, Psychology Today, CNN, MSN, Yahoo, AOL, Match, Huffingtonpost - and then some. She's been raved about in such media entities as: The N.Y. Times, Business Week, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Time Magazine, Marie Claire, Fast Company, InStyle, Self, ELLE, New Yorker, etc She's also an in demand keynote speaker on how to increase happiness, creativity, productivity, stick-to-itiveness, and bouncing back from hard times. She gave a TEDx talk on the topic of "Fun Is A High Performance Fuel."

Karen's also the founder of - a highly popular inspirational site! She calls her site notsalmon - because everyone's always mispronouncing her last name as Salmon - saying Karen SALMON-sohn instead of SALMAN-sohn. So she's always saying NOT-SALMON. She figured it was easier for people to find her on the internet if her site were simply

She's also known for her viral "Inspirational Flashcard" posters - which have attracted about 350,000 fans on Facebook! She's a big believer that a "spoonful of eye candy helps the self-help medicine go down" - thereby most of her books include playful and kinetic design, which she creative directs. (Her Bounce Back Book even has a symbolic snazzy red rubber cover!)

Some quirky insider info: Karen's shared man-taming tips with Madonna. She's swapped book writing tips with Goldie Hawn, Deepak Chopra and Peter Guber. She's had her novel optioned by Marissa Tomei and Miramax. She's enjoyed seeing her work featured by Julian Lennon and Eminem - without her ever sending it them! Plus Jon Stewart has read and loved her writing - and specifically told her how much he loves her humor in her writing. He even committed to saying so in an official blurb: "Karen Salmansohn has the spirit and sass of a stand up comic." This makes Karen one of the few (and most likely ONLY!) inspirational authors with Jon-Stewart-approved humor!

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gables Girl on January 8, 2007
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This visually stunning book fits perfectly in little hands and is filled with stimulating images that children love to look at over and over again. It's printing quality is exceptional and it's by far the best introduction to art for this age group that I've seen. This would make a wonderful gift for any preschool home.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Vinifera on April 28, 2006
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Good for all art lovers not just children - but a very, very, good way to introduce your little ones early on to the beautiful and amazing world of art.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Moviefanatic on January 3, 2009
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I was somewhat dissapointed by this book. I absolutely loved the illustrations but there should a lot more to a children's art book than hip illustrations to please the parents with 'artsy' definitions like cubism, Braque, Dali - I challenge anyone to try to explain these concepts to a toddler using this book... To sum it up: the book seemed 'undercooked' to me, the text was not up to par with the illustrations - there are better children's 'art' book on the market.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Begurken on May 23, 2008
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It's great to find children's books that are different.
I love the play on words and the quirky illustrations. My 15 month old girl can read along to the first few pages as they are words she recognises my everyday - MOMA (mama), Da Da (Daddy) & Dali (Dolly).
My little girl has "Fashion" as well and both books are become well worn!
You're never too young to learn about art!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alex A-S on April 25, 2006
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What a pleasure it is to find a book worth relishing again and again for it's clever use of words and graphics arts to foster in young children a love of modern art. Like a quick trip to MOMA snuggled up on your own sofa, your toddler may become familiar with concepts and visuals that can only enrich their love of color and (and simple words which they soon memorize and "read" along with you) and entertain their imaginitive spirits. For your budding Warhol or simply the art lover in you, here is a fantastic exposure to modern art that allows your child to explore, to learn and laugh all at once.
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