Book description: “The universe is not made of atoms; it’s made of tiny stories.”
Volume 2 of The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories is a wonderful companion piece to last year’s volume 1. I really enjoyed volume 1, so I was super excited to get my hands on a copy of volume 2. The book’s format follows the same formula that was presented in volume 1. Small stories (one to maybe 6 sentences in length) are paired with illustrations. This volume features 62 contributors from the 14,946 contributions submitted to Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s collaboration project hitRECord.
In volume 2, the stories are just as haunting and introspective as volume 1. Most of the stories or the illustrations stayed with me after I finished the book. In a way, its good these volumes are published during the winter, as many of the stories have a dark & moody feel to them. It’s funny how much truth you can condense into 12 words or less. Some of the stories I liked more than others, but I can say that each and every story was excellently paired with an illustration. One of my favorite pairings (not pictured) is the text that reads “one day she looked up and discovered an opening in her planet. She wondered if she wasn’t alone after all,” and is paired with a picture of a fishbowl. Although some of the stories and illustrations are expected, others, like the fishbowl, give a new meaning & depth to the story.
These two were a couple of my favorite stories/illustration pairings.
In comparison with volume 1, I’d say that more time and care went into volume 2. Although volume 1 was a great introduction and is also a wonderful collection of stories and illustrations, volume 2 seemed more consistent in its themes. It seems like more effort was taken to match the illustration to the story. In a world filled with reality TV shows/game shows and other nonsense, its refreshing to see individual minds invent such deep and meaningful messages through creative outlets. There is still a third volume yet to be created and published. If you follow JGL’s Tumblr, you’ll see numerous posts encouraging readers to submit their own stories & illustrations for the volumes. I can’t wait to see what the next collection has to offer.