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People Hardcover – August 23, 2011
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"In the wake of Seasons (2010), an equally beguiling barrage of simple images demonstrating this French illustrator’s unusual technical command and sharp powers of observation."--Kirkus Reviews
"In this stellar companion to the acclaimed Seasons, French artist Blexbolex’s captivating silk-screens explore human archetypes using a 1960s-era design aesthetic. Powder-blue type identifies each figure. As with its predecessor, the book’s brilliance lies in the intriguing ways in which the images mimic, challenge, and inform one another. For example, a “homeless person” sleeping in a box appears opposite a “camper”; a “contortionist” and a “plumber” exert themselves equally; and a pink “nudist” is paired with an “invisible man” in a business suit. Readers will form new associations and make new discoveries upon each revisiting. All ages."--Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW
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When read through the book, you'll notice an association between the figures on the pages. For example, on the left page will be an illustration of a man looking through a microscope with the word BIOLOGIST, while on the right page there will be an illustration of a man looking though a giant telescope with the word ASTRONOMER. Initially the associations are easy and obvious, but as you progress they begin to become more complex.
As a parent, I still love the book, but I can see how others might be hesitant. There are illustrations that other parents might be uncomfortable explaining to their young children. For example: CORPSE, AMPUTEE, EXECUTIONER.
Every parenting style is different, but I will have no problem trying my best to explain these figures to my daughter when the time comes.
If you like books that inspire thinking then you should definitely get this book.
As for the negative reviews which I was quite surprised to find, they are completely unfounded.
The delivery of this book took ridiculously long, but it was well worth the wait.