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ISBN13: 9780061664656
ISBN10: 0061664650
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Publisher Comments:

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;

--Booklist

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

Review:

"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)

Review:

“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

Review:

“[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)

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

13 Words:

1. Bird
2. Despondent
3. Cake
4. Dog
5. Busy
6. Convertible
7. Goat
8. Hat
9. Haberdashery
10. Scarlet
11. Baby
12. Panache
13. Mezzo-Soprano

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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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brookjp, June 13, 2011 (view all comments by brookjp)
If I got married for the Kitchen Aid, then I had a kid so we could share Lemony Snicket and Maira Kalman's 13 Words. 13 Words is funny, smart and kind of close to perfect. We love it all -- the unlucky number, the amazing illustration of a goat in a spiffy jacket, and of course the best ever despondent blue bird. All of it, in the words of my almost three year old, is "SO Silly!" And there is nothing sillier nor sweeter than hearing him say some of those 13 words, especially "despondent" and "haberdashery". I could listen to him saying haberdashery all day. AND he now wants a birthday cake with "panache" and for that i am FOREVER in their debt. If not a bit despondent.

Now my 2 year old and I share not only 13 words, but two favorite authors and one of the best books around.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061664656
Author:
Lemony Snicket and Maira Kalman
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Illustrator:
Kalman, Maira
Author:
Meister, Sarah Hermanson
Author:
Snicket, Lemony
Author:
Kalman, Maira
Author:
Handler, Daniel
Subject:
Dogs
Subject:
Vocabulary
Subject:
Concepts - Words
Subject:
Imagination & Play
Subject:
Children s-Concepts
Subject:
Art/Architecture
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20101031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from P up to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
38 photographs and 10 illustrations by M
Pages:
40
Dimensions:
8 x 6 in
Age Level:
from 10

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Product details 40 pages HarperCollins - English 9780061664656 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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)
"Review" by , “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.”
"Review" by , “[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. ”
"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , 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.

"Synopsis" by , 13 Words:

1. Bird
2. Despondent
3. Cake
4. Dog
5. Busy
6. Convertible
7. Goat
8. Hat
9. Haberdashery
10. Scarlet
11. Baby
12. Panache
13. Mezzo-Soprano

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