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The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 1 Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Series: The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 88 pages
  • Publisher: It Books (December 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062121669
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062121660
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 2.4 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Amazon Best Books of the Month, December 2011: The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories packs a lot of talent into one quirky little gem of a book. The result of a collaboration between artists and writers from around the globe and edited by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, these illustrated stories--each merely a few lines long--run the gamut of funny, clever, poignant, and delightfully odd. Reading The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories is like eating an unmapped box of chocolates--you don’t know what is going to come next, only that it’s bound to be good. --Seira Wilson

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“With more than 40,000 participants working together to create short films, music, art or stories, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s hitRECord offers a creative opportunity for fresh talent to team together and expose their art.” (Time magazine)

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt's acting career has managed to garner a massive popular appeal while maintaining a widely respected artistic integrity. He starred in the Academy Award-nominated Inception, one of the highest grossing films of 2010, earning over $800 million world-wide, and received Golden Globe, Independent Spirit, and People's Choice award nominations for his performance in 2009's (500) Days of Summer. Upcoming films include Looper, starring opposite Bruce Willis; The Dark Knight Rises, the third installment in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy; and Stephen Spielberg's Lincoln.

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Fun and waiting on the second volume!
Jason Jarrell
In this first volume of the tiny book series, there are one to two sentences for each story and they are accompanied by an illustration.
Brittany Moore
I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys pleasant things, indie music, and general feelings of well being and happiness.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Melanie Rose on December 7, 2011
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I stumbled across this little gem the other day while on Amazon. It was a bit of an impulse buy at first but has since turned into one of my favorite reads this month. "The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories" is a collaborative work of (very) short stories by members of the website Hitrecord ([...]) which is directed by actor and artist Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception, 50/50 etc). This highly enjoyable collection of stories and illustrations range from the fanciful to the profound. One page finds a curious King Midas another the "chance" encounter between Fate and Coincidence. My particular favorite begins "just before I died my life passed before my eyes..." (pg 24) which accompanies a stunning illustration of a person in shadow surrounded by lines, the placement of which suggest the inside of an eye. Each story is left up to the interpretation of the reader which gives this collection a quasi-creative-writing-workshop feel to it, making the English major in me smile and cringe at times.

Witticisms and cutesy images of eggs and oranges aside the endearing thread that binds this collection together is the obvious love and care of the writers and artists who contributed to this work. Each page is a testament to the purity of the creative process and that is something to be celebrated. Here is a work of art by mostly anonymous (and perhaps first time) artisans in an effort to spread the idea of collaborative creation, a refreshing concept that is perhaps somewhat foreign to the current climate of me me me but which reminds us of the enduring need (as writers, readers, and everyone in between) to tell stories. Simple stories of life.

~Highly recommended ~
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Kelley on December 9, 2011
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The best way to describe this "Tiny Book" is mind opening. With little stories that stretch your imagination in phenomenal ways with just a few words and art that adds a 1000 words to each story you would be crazy not to purchase this book! To see the masterpiece imaginative minds of many people mend together in such a way is truly inspiring. This book isn't just a bunch of small stories, it is a bunch of tiny stories that will take you to places your imagination and mind couldn't go without it, please do not miss out on this book!
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The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories (Vol. 1) by HitRecord and Joseph Gordon-Levitt was selected as an Amazon Best Book of December 2011. It's a gem of tiny (as opposed to short) stories.

The stories are so tiny that they take up a page or two at the most. While these stories are more like poems, puns, riddles, and sophisticated cartoons (think New Yorker), I found the selections brilliant. A mix of whimsy, humor, wryness, and quirky (in the best possible way), The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories is the sort of book that starts conversations. For instance, I'd love to compare notes with others, see which were their favorite stories. I started out listing the ones that I wanted to share with friends: the one about the doctor's wife, the magician's rabbit, the story of the egg and the orange, the periodic table, the stuffed guests. . . But then I realized that I liked so many of them that a full list would likely bore you. Check it out yourself!

The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories Volume 1 sort of reminded me of those Nutshell Library books in I'd read when I was much younger. I'd carried my beautifully illustrated and tiny Nutshell Library books everywhere until they were so worn out. I brought them with me when we moved overseas and to every house we moved to. In the same way, I know that The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories is a keeper - it's a book that I'm taking with me no matter where I move to. Sort of like my collection of Shel Silverstein books.

But I don't just like the book. HitRecord, its collaborative approach and the way that the organization shares the profits of its projects is also unusual and worth supporting.

HitRecord is an "open collaborative production company" with projects that include videos, live shows, music, and books.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kelly R on December 8, 2011
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This tiny book is filled literally with a bunch of tiny stories, but they are just long enough to elicit feelings of happiness or sadness, or even a little chuckle. The illustrations accompany the short stories quite well. Definitely worth the purchase, even for just a collector. I'm excited to get Volume 2 now!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Krystal on March 13, 2012
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I read this as soon as it arrived and have been flipping through it almost every day. My only complaint is that there aren't enough stories.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jason Jarrell on February 13, 2012
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My sister bought this book for me and I have loved every second of it. It's like a grown up Dr Seuss on a single page scale. Fun and waiting on the second volume!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Diva Doodles on February 11, 2012
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I got this for Christmas and read it to/with my mother and we giggled our way through most of it. So enjoyable!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brittany Moore VINE VOICE on January 25, 2012
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The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories is a collaborative effort put together by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. hitRECord is an online art spectacular filled to the brim with talent. Anyone can sign up and contribute in any way.

In this first volume of the tiny book series, there are one to two sentences for each story and they are accompanied by an illustration. The stories all make you think and expand your imagination a little bit further. Some are cute, some are sad and some are strange. They are all fantastic though.

Each story is just full of wonder and imagination and the illustrations are fitting and phenomenal. I am really excited about the whole concept of hitRECord and you all should check it out if you have any creative fibers in your being. This is a great project, and I can't wait to get more Tiny Books and more Morgan M Morgansen's dates with Destiny!

First Line:
"i'm ready for another adventure now, take me far away please!"

Favorite Line:
"I don't get dressed anymore."

Disclaimer: I was sent this item to review. This does not influence my opinion.
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