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The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 2 (book review)

Cover Image of The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories 2The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 2, a hitRECord production, by Joseph Gordon-Levitt & wirrow, published by !t books—an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers (whew, that’s a long list) is even better than The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 1. Like the first book, this is a collaborative work suitable for teens and adults of all ages who like artsy, insightful, sometimes irreverent, and thought-provoking literary art.

Red, gray, black, and white are the primary colors used in Volume 2, with the exception of the little blue person flying among a sea of red dog silhouettes inside the covers. The lack of competition from other colors and skillful under-use makes the occasional bright flash of color pleasant, as well as dramatic. Because the book is a collaborative effort, the artistic styles in the pictures also vary, from simple line drawings to word art to very stylized images, and the content ranges from funny to sad to a depth that ambushes one with new meaning several times.

The small size (4×6) makes this a great book to take along and read when time is short and subject to interruption. It’s also an attractive gift book with a sensible price tag. Since it has a hard cover and thick pages with a nice rich touch, it looks more expensive than it is, and the diverse art makes it a safe gift for people who are hard to please. Teens love tiny stories Kindle edition, and fans of micro stories, six word memoirs, and tweet stories can explore an enriched combination of brevity and visual art.

The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 2 took collaborative artistry to a new level. Volume 3 should be amazing.

 About the author and team:

Joseph Gordon-Levitt directs an open collaborative production company called hitRECord.org, which consists of writers, filmmakers, musicians, editors, remixers, and artists. He welcomes new contributors, if you want to explore collaborative art. In addition, Levitt is a talented actor with a long history of successful roles in film and television.

Wirrow is an interesting and talented artist, as well as a contributor, and the interview that begins the book is an invitation to artists to get involved in creating the coming editions; at least one more volume of Tiny Stories is in progress.

The many additional talented artist contributors are listed in the book, a list too long for this review.

Want to hear more about this type of publication and see samples? A short prerelease video is included with the review posted in January of 2012.

This book submitted for review by the author, publisher, or publicist.


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