Missed Connections: Love, Lost & Found

Missed Connections: Love, Lost & Found

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by Sophie Blackall
     
 

In her first book for adults, the artist Sophie Blackall creates a deeply felt, poignant book about love—a book that captures the mystery, the yearning, at times the cosmic humor behind the “what if?” of a missed connection.

Like a message in a bottle, a “missed connection" classified (usually posted on a website) is an attempt

Overview

In her first book for adults, the artist Sophie Blackall creates a deeply felt, poignant book about love—a book that captures the mystery, the yearning, at times the cosmic humor behind the “what if?” of a missed connection.

Like a message in a bottle, a “missed connection" classified (usually posted on a website) is an attempt however far-fetched, by one stranger to reach another on the strength of a remembered glance, smile, or blue hat. The anonymous messages are hopeful and hopeless, funny and sad. Ms. Blackall, award-winning illustrator of Ruby’s Wish and Big Red Lollipop, has turned some of the most evocative (or hilarious) of them into exquisite paintings.

Missed Connections is a collection of illustrated love stories. There’s “We Shared a Bear Suit.” “If Not for Your Noisy Tambourine.” “Hairy Bearded Swimmer.” Each is told in the shorthand of a “missed connection,” and then illustrated in Chinese ink and watercolor. The paintings are extraordinary: delicate yet full of feeling, each springing from one little detail of the post into a fully imagined world. Each brings the voyeuristic pleasure of watching love at first sight, and the pleasure of watching an artist discover a fresh new way to tell a story. And not all the connections are missed. Hidden in the book are three pieces that conjure up the magic of love found.

Editorial Reviews

Sophie Blackall is best known as an illustrator of books for young readers, but in Missed Connections, she extends her readership to include all those who think of others. On her blog, she explained the purpose of her book thusly: "Messages in bottles, smoke signals, letters written in the sand; the modern equivalents are the funny, sad, beautiful, hopeful, hopeless, poetic posts on Missed Connections websites. Every day hundreds of strangers reach out to other strangers on the strength of a glance, a smile or a blue hat. Their messages have the lifespan of a butterfly. I'm trying to pin a few of them down."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761163589
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
09/22/2011
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
634,368
Product dimensions:
6.62(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.46(d)

Meet the Author

Sophie Blackall has illustrated over twenty books for children, including the Ezra Jack Keats Award–winning Ruby’s Wish, Meet Wild Boars, which won her a Founder’s
Award from the Society of Illustrators, the Ivy and Bean series, and more. Her editorial illustrations have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and many magazines. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her family and a stuffed armadillo.

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Missed Connections 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I take subway everyday, i like the missed connections. Sophie's drawing are very nice
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It really makes you stop and think about how many missed connections you may have experienced. The illustrations were so imaginative and beautiful! (page 90 almost had me in tears) I cant wait for her next book!
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The_Paperback_Pursuer More than 1 year ago
The amazingly playful, yet serenely elaborate paintings drew me in to this resplendent artistic world. Sure, I had always wondered about the Missed Connections classifieds, but I had never really viewed and imagined them in the ways presented in this crafty little book. It is definitely one of my top ten books for 2011 due to its refreshingly light and amusing tone. I also loved the introduction, especially Sophie Blackall's recounting of her personal Missed Connection experiences. After finishing this book, I had to pull up Sophie's blog and look at all her other Missed Connections paintings, which are also brilliant! I can tell this will be a new addiction of mine. I recommend this to readers and artists alike! Rating: Clean Getaway (5/5) I received Missed Connections by Sophie Blackall from Workman Publishing.