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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; Ill edition (September 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761163581
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761163589
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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.
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You know those times when you catch the eye of a random stranger and suddenly life stops for a moment? It's those times when connections are made and then lost, in the blink of an eye. Within seconds you could have met the love of your life or your worst enemy, but due to a lack of time or nerves the connection was missed. What if you could track them down? What if there was a place to reconnect? Even if it meant putting yourself out there for the whole world to see? This is what happens when people take a chance on a Missed Connections.

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.
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Sophie Blackall writes a wonderful introduction in her book "Missed Connections." We get to see a little more into her life and how she came to create these illustrations. We are treated to more of her unexpected, quirky humor, and and the scoop on the journey she's taking. The thing I love most about this book is that the illustrations are snippets of what Sophie imagines bits of proclaimed longings to be, and she doesn't limit her expressions to what's safe and acceptable. We see possibilities.
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This is such a surprisingly beautiful and moving book. Also funny and compassionate. The drawings are so odd and lovely, I keep thinking about tearing them out and framing them. Our whole family loves it so much, and I think it will become something I give as a gift, the way I have often given Maira Kalman's Principles of Uncertainty.
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I love this book! I bought 2 copies as gifts but wish I had gotten one for myself as well. Her illustrations are just beautiful and I love the little Craigslist blurbs that go along with them!
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Well, it's a coffee table book. I guess I still expected more substance. The writings + illustrations just didn't hit home with me. Reading the "missed you" section in the regular newspaper creates more of an emotional response. I was sad about this, because I fully expected to love this book and just didn't.
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Oh my! Missed Connections is filled with darling illustrations (Chinese ink and watercolor) based on the wonder-full conceit of the humor and pathos of love's missed chances (and hope springing eternal that the opportunity might be reclaimed!) Ms. Blackall's introduction provides a fascinating backdrop for the illustrations, whose titles are as charming as the art itself: "If Not For Your Noisy Tambourine" and "Dear Girl with Silkscreen on the M". I fervently hope there's a Volume 2 in our future.
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