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Review: The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories

December 22, 2011

Joseph Gordon-Levitt founded hitRECord, an open, collaborative website that joins musicians, authors, illustrators, and other artistic people in the creative process.  It’s a flourishing community and Gordon-Levitt recently had the tough task of going through over 8,500 contributions to chose the stories and art that became The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories.  Small in size (about 6¼ x 4¼ and 83 pages long), but big in heart, this book is quite charming – even the endpapers are gorgeous.

Each page spread contains at least one illustrated story.  Most of the stories are one or two sentences long, so the book can be read very quickly, but I don’t think that’s the best approach.  I think it’s best to read a story or two and then think about their messages.   This is a book that can be enjoyed by teens and adults alike and it might even spark a little discussion.

I first became aware of this book when Vance shared this video with me:

I’m really excited to see that two  more volumes will be published in the future.  If you’re looking for a last minute gift or stocking stuffer, you really can’t go wrong with The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories – both book lovers and art lovers are sure to enjoy this delightful book!

Review copy provided by Harper Collins. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
41 Comments leave one →
  1. December 22, 2011 5:06 am

    Sounds like a gorgeous little book!

  2. December 22, 2011 6:43 am

    I think I just found a surprise gift for daughter Meg 🙂 Thanks for reviewing it because I hadn’t heard of it!

  3. December 22, 2011 6:53 am

    This looks like a really great endeavor with fantastc results.

  4. December 22, 2011 7:11 am

    This looks fantastic!

  5. December 22, 2011 7:52 am

    charming and gorgeous? sounds like a winner.

  6. December 22, 2011 8:28 am

    Thank you, Kathy! This would make a great stocking stuffer for my oldest daughter, whose a big fan of Gordon-Levitt’s. Merry Christmas!

  7. December 22, 2011 9:21 am

    I wanted this one but never got it! :–(

  8. December 22, 2011 9:27 am

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt is an actor too, I think. This sounds like a cute little book.

  9. December 22, 2011 9:59 am

    I want this badly. I think I need to get a gift for myself.

  10. December 22, 2011 10:47 am

    Love the sound of this book! What a gem! Will definitely have to get my hands on a copy of it 😉

  11. December 22, 2011 10:57 am

    Sounds like a great book. And the illustrations, at least the one you showed, are beautiful.

  12. December 22, 2011 11:08 am

    Sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing the pictures and video. I’ve had my eye on this for a while and am personally hoping it shows up in my stocking this year… hint, hint, Santa.

  13. December 22, 2011 12:15 pm

    What an adorable book!

  14. December 22, 2011 12:34 pm

    LOOOOVE it! But you already know that. Also love the Joseph Gordon-Levitt video. 🙂

  15. December 22, 2011 12:42 pm

    This does like a great stocking stuffer!

  16. December 22, 2011 1:17 pm

    This looks like a beautiful and fun little book. I love the idea behind it and enjoyed the video, thank you Kathy!

    This looks like a great book for a stocking stuffer, too

  17. December 22, 2011 1:46 pm

    Ooohhh…I didn’t really know WHAT this was exactly but I’m intrigued. I love stuff like this. Seems a bit like Post Secret but artier and fiction!

  18. December 22, 2011 1:56 pm

    What a lovely little book, have to keep it mind.

    Have a wonderful Holiday!

  19. December 22, 2011 2:03 pm

    I so want to read this one, and am really excited about it! It may be something that I purchase after the holidays! Great review on this one!

  20. December 22, 2011 2:07 pm

    Between you and Andi, I seriously can’t wait to get my hands on this book. Thank goodness I have lots of Christmas money!!! 🙂

  21. December 22, 2011 2:13 pm

    What a cool concept for a book! Love this idea!

  22. December 22, 2011 2:18 pm

    I keep seeing this one everywhere. I want I want I want!!! 🙂

  23. December 22, 2011 3:25 pm

    OMG!!!
    It looks so sweet!!!

    I want it!!!

  24. December 22, 2011 4:04 pm

    Oh very cool by him 😀

  25. December 22, 2011 4:48 pm

    What a great gift item, and why haven’t I seen it??? UGH! Thanks for the heads up, and review!

  26. December 22, 2011 5:32 pm

    That’s a perfect stocking stuffer!

  27. December 22, 2011 7:05 pm

    sounds like a delightful little book! i’m looking forward to my copy of it now.

  28. December 22, 2011 7:10 pm

    This sounds like such a unique book and it would make the perfect stocking stuffer! Thank you for telling us about it!

  29. December 22, 2011 9:40 pm

    Oh, I am smitten! How tiny and cute!!

  30. December 22, 2011 11:04 pm

    How wonderful that they paired neat graphics with the text!

  31. December 22, 2011 11:15 pm

    I love the idea of this book!

  32. December 23, 2011 12:58 am

    What a cute book! Very unique!

  33. December 23, 2011 3:27 am

    Oh, boy, can we ever have enough darling little books! I’m a sucker for them!
    I’m really just stopping by to tell you thank you. I want to thank you for being such a good sounding board and friend this past few months. It’s been wonderful to have your visits to my blog. You’ve meant alot to me in my trek through the reviewing world… Hugs and happy holiday weekend! Deborah

  34. December 23, 2011 6:53 am

    Sounds like a great book and I like the shared profits.

  35. December 23, 2011 8:38 am

    What a wonderful idea! Love the idea and the drawings with each one. Thanks for bringing this to my attention 🙂
    Merry Christmas to you and your family Kathy

  36. December 23, 2011 3:22 pm

    I’m so looking forward to seeing my copy of this book! It looks so lovely and quaint 🙂

  37. December 23, 2011 11:19 pm

    I saw the cover of this book when I was in the bookstore but walked on by-now I’m sorry I did! I really want this one for myself now 🙂

  38. December 24, 2011 3:11 pm

    This book looks amazing! I can’t wait to read it. Great post.

  39. December 24, 2011 9:06 pm

    Love the picture that you have in this post…looks like a great book!

  40. December 25, 2011 1:45 pm

    I have yet to hear anything even remotely negative about this book. I think I need to have it.

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