City dwellers, especially in places like Manhattan, grow accustomed to having several hundred uninvited houseguests in their homes at all times: cockroaches. Slinking in the shadowy hollows between walls, under sinks, and along the floorboards, the ubiquitous urban insects are loathsome to most and frightening to many. But you only fear what you don’t know. Ekaterina Smirnova’s An Illustrated Guide to Cockroaches will help everyone terrified of their six-legged roommates: through Smirnova’s illustration and explanation, the entire life-cycle of the typical cockroach is laid bare. Part humorous, part disgusting, An Illustrated Guide to Cockroaches is a necessary component of every urban bookshelf.
|Publisher:||Batty, Mark Publisher|
|Product dimensions:||5.30(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Ekaterina Smirnova is an artist, graphic designer, illustrator, and author from Novosibirsk, Siberia, Russia. She has been a member of the Art Students League of New York since she moved to the United States in 2006. At league events, she has won awards in printmaking and oil and watercolor painting. She had the honor of being the artist in residence at ASL of NY for June 2010. Smirnova’s graphic design skills were formed at the School of Visual Arts and were polished at various companies, where she has had roles spanning from web design to interior design.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Cockroaches - a topic besmirched in polite circles - is the subject of this highly creative monograph by a gifted artist, graphic designer, illustrator and writer Ekaterina Smirnova who hails from Siberia. She treats this unpopular frequent visitor with some of the best drawings and background checks and information ever assembled - a tribute book fit for a.....well, more popular creature. This red, white and black book is filled with not only fine graphic design but also with meticulous drawings of the various species of cockroaches - German, American, Madagascar, Oriental, Surinam - who infest the world's hotels and homes. For each species she provides information on size, housing proclivities, anatomical systems, global locations, and even the use of these critters as medicine and food! But not to focus solely on the anatomy and living choices of cockroaches, Smirnova provides means of pest control based on the behavior patterns and the likes and dislike of the creatures in question: 'Death often greets cockroaches in the form of a bird's beak, a mouse's jaw, a bit of poison laid down by man.' And after providing more information that anyone cares to share in a manner that is in the end a glorious little art book, Smirnova provides a Happy End: 'Less adventurous cockroaches finish their lives not battling predators, but on their backs. Modern flooring is often too slippery for cockroaches, their ancient legs adapted to walking on leaves, twigs, and other natural and textured surfaces. When a cockroach finds himself lying on his back, he may have difficulty finding a surface to grab hold of to right himself. Unable to flip over, unable to find food, hungry and staring at the ceiling, contemplating the perils of modern life - this is often how the final hours of a cockroach's life are spent.' It takes and artist and a humorist to tackle a subject such as the loathsome little insects and create a little book that is as entertaining and artful as this. But Ekaterina Smirnova has done it, thanks to the sense of wonder of Mark Batty Publisher. Read the book and on the fear of cockroaches, get over it! Grady Harp