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A Little Bit of Paris Hardcover – September 25, 2007

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If you can't make it to Paris for this week's shows, relish in the City of Lights' charms vicariously through one artist's works. Renowned New Yorker cartoonist Jean-Jacques Sempé's new book of illustrations, A Little Bit of Paris, takes its audience there without the transatlantic flight. Parisian streets, cafes, and parks come to life on page and add sentimental value to the phrase: We'll always have Paris--at least on your bookshelf. (A Little Bit of Paris, $25, at amazon.com) -- Elle.com October 2007

About the Author

Jean-Jacques Sempe is a French cartoonist best known in the US for his cover illustrations on The New Yorker magazine. His career started in the Franco-Belgian comics industry, and he is best known internationally for a strip called "Le petit Nicolas" which started in the 1950s. In the US, he is celebrated for his poster-like illustrations that convey a story through a single frame.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Universe (September 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789315718
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789315717
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.8 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,068,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Doris Bucher on June 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
When I was in Paris I searched for a souvenir that would encompass the panorama of the place and the spirit of delight that fills you when you stand, for instance, at the center of the Pont des Arts and take in the view above, below and all around you. This book was the answer. It shares better than photographs the way it feels to be there. I have returned to it many times and it has never failed to bring back my joy in this city.
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Sempe is a terrific illustrator and this book includes a range of drawings that capture the architecture of Paris, street scenes and cityscapes, parks and trees, along with the occasional interior of a restaurant. All rendered deftly, often in great detail but still with a lightness and airiness that allows Sempe to bring out the charm of these places. And because the drawings are large -- each taking either a full page or sometimes two -- they are even easier to appreciate.

The one heads up to share is that if you're really looking for a book with colorful pictures like kind of New Yorker covers that Sempe sometimes does -- pictures like the cover art on this book's dust jacket -- then this may not be the one for you. That's because, in the roughly 100-pages of the book, I counted only two pictures that have any color in them at all. The great majority are pen and ink, all black, white and gray. Gorgeous illustrations, but just not in color. Those looking for a bit more color may want to check out Sempe's "A little bit of France" which has about 10 color plates out of 100 pages of illustrations.
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Sempe is amazing. Going slowly through this book is like taking a walk in the Paris one remembers. Every so often, he gets a hearty laugh from me.
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wonderfully charming illustrations that capture every day life in the city of lights. brilliant book.
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