Review of “The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 1”

This little book features very tiny stories from sixty contributors (culled from over 8,500 contributions) using minimal words and pictures (only one or two pages for each) to convey a story.

The stories can be suggestive, expanded upon, or taken as is for an enjoyable creation formed from many new voices. Personally, if I were still dating, I would use the little stories to start conversations with my date. “What does this suggest to you? What does this make you think of?” I would say. It could work sort of like a Rorschach test….

The project was organized by actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and he has additional works planned.

Evaluation: Physically this is a lovely book and would make a great gift. I applaud “It Books” for deciding to take a chance on this.

Published by It Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2011


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20 Responses to Review of “The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 1”

  1. Trisha says:

    Every time I see this one, I get a very strong urge to ignore my book buying ban…

  2. Jenny says:

    I just read this last night! It’s different for sure but was cute. I love the idea of using them as sort of a rorschach, LOL.

  3. BermudaOnion says:

    Yay, you got it! I thought the book was just delightful!

  4. Amanda says:

    Ha! I love that example you gave. I think I need to go find this.

  5. Sandy says:

    I really really want to read this, and have been thinking about it ever since Kathy reviewed it. I love eccentric little projects like this.

  6. Frances says:

    Sure the husband will be glad to hear you are not dating anymore. But I do love that idea and these type exercises as they are so interpretive. Very appealing to me. Assigned meaning is far too common.

  7. zibilee says:

    I have been lusting after this book for a few weeks now, and I think I am going to have to grab myself a copy when I can. It looks so inviting, and some of those stories are just ripe for conversation, like you mentioned. So glad that you liked this one, and that you gave it such a great review. I am beyond enticed now!

  8. Aarti says:

    I’m so excited to get to Ann Arbor and have this book waiting for me (assuming no one has stolen it). It looks so sweet.

  9. Darlene says:

    I’ve seen this one around but I’m not sure it’s for me. I’m glad to see so many do like it though. It seems quite different.

  10. Ti says:

    I told you about this one and I still haven’t gotten it! The publicist said they ran out! He is sending one out though.

  11. Jenners says:

    I was so happy to see a sample story. I could see this being a delightful and fun little read … but I can’t imagine it taking very long to read and might feel a bit unsatisfying in the end.

  12. Alyce says:

    I’ve been seeing this one around and it looks so clever and fun!

  13. softdrink says:

    I adore this book, even if I do want to save the egg.

  14. stacybuckeye says:

    I really need to get my hands on this one!

  15. Rebecca says:

    I really need to get this one! It looks fascinating! I don’t know how I would resist the urge to constantly quote it and make people listen to me read from it, though. 😉

  16. Richard says:

    Jill, I like how your usual review length was pared down to match the size of these tiny stories. Clever, very clever, my friend!

  17. Nymeth says:

    This sounds lovely, and I love the tiny story you included.

  18. I have to see if my library has this one..looks like one I would need to look over!

  19. Julie P. says:

    I admit I was tempted to check this one out. The premise sounds pretty cute.

  20. Trish says:

    GAHHHHHHHHHHH!! I want this book!!!! 🙂

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