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Tiny Book of Tiny Stories vol 2 – Review

The tiny book of tiny stories. Volume 2The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories vol. 2 by hitRECord & Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Wirrow
Genre: Misc. – poetry, illustrations.
Itbooks (imprint of) HarperCollins, 2012
ISBN 9780062121639
Source: Publisher

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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.

Tiny Book of Tiny Stories (HitRecord) – Review

The tiny book of tiny stories. Volume 1The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories by HitRecord & Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Age: Teen
Genre: Misc. – poetry, illustrations.
Itbooks (imprint of) HarperCollins, 2011
ISBN 9780062121660
Source: Library Copy
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HITRECORD is an open collaborative production company, founded by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, open to artists of all forms (musicians, writers, animators, illustrators, etc).

The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories vol. 1, true to the name, is tiny measuring 4″x6″. It is jam-packed with over 60  one-minute stories, about 1 to 2 lines in the form of poems, sentences, and illustrations. Each page is a different entity and all the contents are full of meaning beyond what is in print.The writing is clever and you can really tell the difference in the voice of each author. Some stories made me laugh, and others made me sad.

I really enjoyed reading this, and I think it would make for a perfect gift. Its compact, its funny, sad, introspective and encompasses a number of emotions, themes and messages. This is the first in a proposed 3 volume set and I look forward to collecting the rest in the series.