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Missed Connections: Love, Lost & Found Paperback – September 22, 2011
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About the Author
Sophie Blackall has illustrated over twenty books for children, including the Ezra Jack Keats Award–winning Ruby’s Wish, Meet Wild Boars, which won her a Founder’s
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.
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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 ›
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I read this in one night! A very easy read and very adorable. We've all those times when we wished we would've spoken up re: matters of the heart; it's nice to see a collection all... Read morePublished 5 months ago by T. Kenard
Beautiful artwork and great choice of missed connections to paint.Published 19 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 on February 24, 2014 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 on February 12, 2014 by Dana
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