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13 Wordsby Lemony Snicket and Maira Kalman
Synopses & Reviews
Girls Standing on Lawns is a unique collaboration between renowned artist and bestselling childrenandrsquo;s book author Maira Kalman and New York Times bestselling writer Daniel Handler, better known as Lemony Snicket. This clever book contains 40 vintage photographs from the collection of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, more than a dozen original paintings by Kalman inspired by the photographs, and brief, lyrical texts by Handler. Poetic and thought-provoking, Girls Standing on Lawns is a meditation on memories, childhood, nostalgia, home, family, and the act of seeing. The gorgeous visual material sets the stage for what Handler succinctly describes as andldquo;a photograph, a painting, a sentence, a pose.andrdquo; Girls, women, families, and even pets from days gone by grace the pages, looking out at us, enticing readers to imagine these people, their livesandmdash;and where they have gone.
Praise for Girls Standing on Lawns
andquot;Kalman supplements the mostly black-and-white, anonymous, amateur snapshots with colorful paintings inspired by the photographs. Handler adds alternately wry, pithy, poignantandmdash;and always succinctandmdash;commentary to most spreads, inviting readers to ponder the people and scenes as well as their own family photos.andquot;
andquot;Handler provides free verse that is both spare and sparse throughout the collection, contextualizing the thematic groupings and offering imaginative insight into what might have motivated the preservation of such frozen moments. The project is interesting and the images thought provoking.andquot;
--The Bulletin of The Center for Childrenandrsquo;s Books
"Based on an unlucky number of key words and authored by someone who takes pleasure in unfortunate events, this volume conjures a sense of foreboding. 'Word Number 1: Bird' introduces the central character, and the accompanying illustration pictures a royal-blue bird perched on a linen tablecloth, in a yellow-and-pink dining room that might have been painted by Matisse. The bird's eye droops sadly, whereupon readers turn to 'Word Number 2: Despondent' and 'Word Number 3: Cake,' an item that might alleviate a bird's ennui, at least temporarily. Despite ominous beginnings, the proceedings turn upbeat with the arrival of a chic 'Word Number 4: Dog,' who concocts witty diversions for the gloomy bird. Kalman's eccentric gouaches elevate the wintry mood; the dog, with his sly grin, resembles Kalman's Max, particularly when he tries on hats at 'Word Number 9: Haberdashery.' Sprinkled with additional vocab words like 'spiffy' and featuring surreal landscapes in ice-cream hues, this word-association game recalls Kalman's solo productions. The conclusion, however, belongs to Snicket, because 'the bird, to tell you the truth, is still a little despondent.' All ages. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
“A book that pushes boundaries and demands such active participation on the part of both readers and listeners to connect language and images (and Kalman’s quirky artwork is a perfect fit, littered with fun details) is to be commended.” ALA Booklist
“[A] winsome story of friendship — proceeds thus, with a Snicketian 13 words in all. Snicket and Kalman are perfectly matched here, both revelers in life’s delicious details and things best left unexplained. This charming chef-d’oeuvre sings like a mezzo-soprano. ” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
New York Times-bestselling author Snicket teams up with a noted artist to present a beautiful adventure woven from a practical introduction to 13 words, including such marvels as Bird, Dog, Panache, and Haberdashery. Full color.
From bestselling author Lemony Snicket and celebrated illustrator Maira Kalman comes an uproarious, whimsical word book like no other.
Together, Snicket and Kalman present a strikingly beautiful journey woven from a practical introduction to thirteen wonderful words, featuring such marvels as Bird, Dog, Panache, and Haberdashery. Snicket, the notoriously clever and elusive New York Times bestselling author, pushes the boundaries of storytelling in the most fanciful of ways. Maira Kalman, renowned for her art and design, carries this madcap adventure to wondrous heights with her vision of a world populated with hats, song, and cake. This rollicking, surprising book is a true celebration of words.
About the Author
Lemony Snicket is often despondent, mostly about his published research, which includes A Series of Unfortunate Events and The Composer Is Dead.
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