People

People Mother and father dancers and warriors gardener and farmer hypnotist and genie All sorts of people appear in People linked together in ways that begin to emerge page after page Real mythic and i

  • Title: People
  • Author: Blexbolex
  • ISBN: 9781592701100
  • Page: 320
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Mother and father, dancers and warriors, gardener and farmer, hypnotist and genie All sorts of people appear in People, linked together in ways that begin to emerge page after page Real, mythic, and imaginary types inhabit this extraordinary, gorgeously rendered world, referring to each other through form and function Like Blexbolex s earlier book Seasons, this isMother and father, dancers and warriors, gardener and farmer, hypnotist and genie All sorts of people appear in People, linked together in ways that begin to emerge page after page Real, mythic, and imaginary types inhabit this extraordinary, gorgeously rendered world, referring to each other through form and function Like Blexbolex s earlier book Seasons, this is a conceptual book, where the connections between the images are both clear and subtle.Stunningly illustrated with retro looking silkscreened images, People is a sumptuously produced volume, with a lavishly illustrated jacket that folds out into a poster The manner of the realization and the quality of the book are so strong that People as did Seasons serves to reminds us once again what a book can be at its very best.Seasons was a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2010 and a Best Book of the Year for School Library Journal.

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    1. The cover of "People' drove me to this book. At first it looks like a great kids book - and technically it is, but alas, there is something being said here that is not obvious. Typically Blexbolex draws an image of a music "conductor" but then on the opposite page, with the same held baton he draws a "tyrant." So one" starts to make comparisons between the two pages. Another example is an illustration "party goers" and the opposite page is "hermit." And so forth.There is something very Jacques T [...]

    2. A series of visually juxtaposed stereotypes that hinge on deep and superficial connections, which, when not entirely cute and benign, fluctuate remarkably from uncomfortably serious to uncomfortably trivial. So, for instance, the chef and the DJ are both mixing! The sleepwalker and the cave explorer are both walking in the dark! The moonstruck girl and the emir both have, uh. wait. Wait. Oh! Moon symbolism! Moons, as symbols. Right. The corpse and the retiree are both, well jeez, close to the gr [...]

    3. At first glance I didn't think I would like this book. I wanted to do my old style of looking quickly through to determine if/how I'd use the book in the future and move on to the next book. At a glance, it felt like a catalog of interesting but flat illustrations. Hah! Before I put it down, I came across the facing pages of NUDIST and INVISIBLE MAN and the connections, humor, layers and constantly shifting "mediating" of meaning on each set of facing pages overtook me. What fun this book would [...]

    4. With this book, I just held it like I would hold any big-eyed mammel I'd found lost in the woods while weeping softly (at its brilliance, at my own lack of talent) and trying not to drip tears on its lovely little pages.

    5. It was the art drew me to pick up this book.This has the feel of an art book, rather than a picture book intended for young children.That said, I sat with my 6 year old and we "read" the whole thing together.Each page has a title and an image. He is a new reader and figured some of the words out. We read this book very slowly. I paused a bit before each page turn waiting for"Mom, what's a ________"Fill in the blank with: corpse, contortionist, fugitive, vagabond, fakir, immigrant, monk, cyclops, [...]

    6. Another minimal, beautiful children's book from Blexbolex; but one that I can't really recommend. The book is structured as pairings of people, meant to juxtapose something about one with the other. Some of the associations are visual or superficial, others are quite deep. However there were only really about a third of the pairings that I liked. The second third I didn't like (boring, stereotypical, or racist!), and there was about a third of them that I don't think I got. Read Seasons because [...]

    7. Odd book. The pairings are sometimes similar, sometimes opposites, sometimes strange. I don't know who the intended audience is. It seems like it is written simply for a young audiencebut I don't believe they will always get the connection (are there only some connections?) between the two pairings of different kinds of "people". For example some pairings are: Puppeteer | PuppetTeam | WorkerSleeping | Sick [pictures of two people asleep in a bed]Hunter | Soldier [they both have guns]Giant | Dwar [...]

    8. Bizarre and brilliant. Such pairs of people! And then the game -- what the heck are these two doing together? Sometimes it's obvious (Cop, Robber), sometimes it's through a visual thread (Station Attendant, Alien), sometimes a conceptual one (Bicyclist, Balloon Pilot). And sometimes --Secretary, Yeti -- I just don't know! Plus I wish my name were Blexbolex.

    9. The creator of Seasons is back, with a collection of prints depicting every type of person imaginable. Professions such as flight attendant, miner, and doctor are intermingled with mythical creatures like a cyclops, centuar and mermaid, and many other interests, hobbies and personalities are represented as well. Though there is no overarching plot line connecting the images, some of them are clearly paired together intentionally, such as amputee and cyclops, nudist and invisible man, and (band) [...]

    10. This is a book for which the audience is not at all obvious. The book consists of cartoony images of people in various professions and environments. The images are paired, so that the left and right images in most spreads are related in some way. The relationships between the images are sometimes clear [Movie Watcher vs. Movie Director, or Couple vs. Bachelor] but sometimes weird and a bit creepy [Retiree vs. Corpse or Hunchback vs. Beauty]. Some of the images are so far out-of-date that it will [...]

    11. Beautiful artwork that has an old-timey feel. A HUGE picture book that is an inch thick but is very simple. Each page features a word and a picture. The 2 page spreads are loosely related and will keep readers from breezing through this book as the people contained in this volume are quite unique at times. Part of me wonders if this will receive some challenges in the coming year as a mermaid is depicted bare-chested, and a nudist and some terrifying people such as a demon are included in this b [...]

    12. A picture book, with awesome silk screen pictures. On each page is the magnificently ultra cool silk screen of a person, and a descriptor name of that person. MAN WOMAN COUPLE BACHELOR very normal, everyday words and then a whole passel of words and illustrators that reflect the French writer/artist (SMOKING, MODEL). Every illustration is mid-century mod groovy -- COUPLE looks like they could be lesser Kennedy's or perhaps from Mad Men. The pages more often than not match (SOLIST and LISTENER fo [...]

    13. I rather enjoyed looking at all of the different pictures in this book. I could easily see children spending hours imagining the other different people and making up stories to go along with the illustrations. The graphics are old fashioned and yet modern at the same time. I'm not sure how he managed to do that, but it's pretty cool. There were a couple of pictures that some people might find annoying (topless mermaid, nothing graphic), but most people shouldn't have a problem. I also liked how [...]

    14. This was so much fun! Blexbolex continually sets us up to switch on us. Construction and deconstruction over and over. You think it's going to be the basic "there are people of all shapes and sizes and colors" kind of book, and then suddenly: CORPSE, RETIREE. Blexbolex is in control of the juxtaposition on every spread, but uses it differently in waves. Sometimes the pages are visually related (super multi modal!), and sometimes they are semantically related, and sometimes a little of both, and [...]

    15. This is one of the best books I have seen to use with a writing class for just about any age group, including adults! It's basically a side by side comparison of nouns, verbs and adverbs with simple retro block print illustrations. It would be great for discussion, writing prompts, comparisons, vocabulary building (think SAT) and all sorts of creative art uses. An example 2 page spread has Diva on one page and Teenager on another, isn't that brilliant? It does have one double page spread with "I [...]

    16. An odd and intriguing book from the author of Seasons. In this thick volume, one kind of person is presented on each page, with an illustration in a flat, transparent style that reminds me of colored bits of cellophane laid over each other. And it isn't just a "careers" book; imagine how YOU would visually represent "trickster," "distracted," or "tall tale." Some of this is very European with its flashes of nudity and dark choices such as "butcher," "executioner," and "slave." These, plus facing [...]

    17. After flipping through Seasons, I picked this one up. I decided this one was a better fit for Natalie and brought it home for her. I read through it quickly. A few of the ideas were a bit extreme for her at almost five (executioner and corpse stick out the most), but the images were not graphic so she would need an explanation. She flipped through the book during nap time and said she liked it. Like I expected, she gravitated to the pretty pictures of women. Speaking of, the gender distribution [...]

    18. This book is just a collection of simple illustrations of different professions and characters ("teacher", "warrior", "homeless man") done in the 1960s-schoolbook style. There's no reason this should be entertaining, but it is in fact charming and addictive. The interpretations are just interesting enough to poke your imagination, but not so quirky they lose their dictionary quality. Pairings on opposing pages are often quite clever, and sometimes touching. A surprisingly rich and likeable book. [...]

    19. Wow. This is a remarkable book. Each page is a graphic of a person that (for the most part) coordinates with the graphic of the person on the opposite page. This is obvious (friend->foe), inspired (shivering->smoking), clever (demon->snowman), disturbing (corpse->retiree?)and puzzling (secretary->yeti). I had to think hard about some of these (doctor->blacksmith, fireman->witch). I really enjoyed this book and am now an official Blexbolex fan.

    20. From the French comics artist and illustrator, this book is marketed as a children’s book but is more suited for adults. Each page contains a simple, stylized, silk-screened retro print of a person (child, nurse, bystander, etc.) and nothing else. I have a hard time envisioning children really enjoying this book, and while beautiful, it is better suited for a coffee table, wall art, or psychiatrist’s office and not a school library.(Reviewed for Puget Sound Council)

    21. An enormous, 100+ page book of drawings of people. Bachelors and babies. Friends and foes. Biologists and astronomers. All kinds of people. Here together in the same enormous book. Happily together in the same enormous book.“ COPROBBERFLIGHT ATTENDANTCAT BURGLARMESSENGERBUSINESS MANBUILDERDEMOLISHER”

    22. A perfect book to explore the world of grownups (and stories and myths and the imagination) with your very young child. Each page presents an occupation (a lumberjack, a painter, a hunter, a vampire) delightfully drawn by the French artist Blexbolex. It's up to you to start a conversation with your child about that idea. A book to be dipped into, savored, and talked about.

    23. Describing why I found so much enjoyment out of such a simple book would be impossible. You either get it or you don't. Simple 1970 style art work that shows a single person or idea on each page only with a twist. How many picture books show all of, but not limited to, the following: corpse, alien, DJ, nudist,vagabond, yeti, or contortionist? What is NOT to love?

    24. Great art and juxtapositions. A great book to read with your kid to have nutty conversations. Each page contains a person or being so often the pages facing each other play together. We talked about God, contortionists, slavery, and marionettes for example.

    25. hmmm picked this up at the library under "easy picture books" and though it is technically that, it was not the best read aloud for 5 & 3 year olds though visually intriguing, I was not ready for "corpse," "nudist," "fakir," etc. Lol

    26. I like this book as a piece of art, but not really as a book to read. The graphics are appealing. Some of the juxtapositions are humorous (nudist/invisible man), some I suppose I just don't understand (girl/trickster). 4 stars for the art/prints.

    27. So many people doing so many different things. Even the fantastical characters of our literary world. Simple images tell the complex story of each occupation, vocation, condition. And the complex comparisonsjuggler/bumblerntortionist/plumberputee/cyclops.

    28. Saw this while checking in books at work. Heehee. LOVE the images. All very vintage looking with styles and colors. I think kids are going to like looking at the images and knowing all the different people that are out in the world.

    29. Clever, especially in the relationships between people, and while I like the art style, I feel like he was a bit lazy in choosing the first, stereotypical, version of a person type. He could have done a lot more with those. Still, an interesting book, especially considering how long it is.

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