The Cheese Monkeys: A Novel In Two Semesters

The Cheese Monkeys: A Novel In Two Semesters

by Chip Kidd
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The Cheese Monkeys: A Novel In Two Semesters by Chip Kidd

After 15 years of designing more than 1,500 book jackets at Knopf for such authors as Anne Rice and Michael Chrichton, Kidd has crafted an affecting an entertaining novel set at a state university in the late 1950s that is both slap-happily funny and heartbreakingly sad. The Cheese Monkeys is a college novel that takes place over a tightly written two semesters. The book is set in the late 1950s at State U, where the young narrator, has decided to major in art, much to his parents’ dismay. It is an autobiographical, coming-of-age novel which tells universally appealing stories of maturity, finding a calling in life, and being inspired by a loving, demanding, and highly eccentric teacher.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061452482
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/08/2008
Series: P. S. Series
Edition description: New
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 515,298
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Chip Kidd was born in Reading, PA in 1964. He lives in New York City and Stonington, CT.

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The Cheese Monkeys: A Novel in Two Semesters 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is definitely one of the best books I've ever read. I came across the title when reading The New York Times and figured it might be an interesting book to read, considering it had such a curious title. I read the review on it and figured that any author who was bold enough to quote people who disapproved of his book amongst those who enjoyed it, deserves to have his book read. And read it I did. Each time I picked up the book, I had a hard time putting it down. It was so well written and amusing that I felt like I was forced to keep reading. Every moment spent reading it was worthwhile. I plan on reading it many more times in the future.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is impossible to describe...very, very funny, very interesting, and a very enjoyable book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was assigned this novel to read for my typography class. The writing is witty, clever, and dry, and seems to accurately depict what it's like to be an art student. However, the book loses its spark towards the end, weaving the tale into an anticlimatic and vague ending. It is almost as if the author realized his book needed to end at some point, and just...made it end. Additionally, to contemporary graphic design students such as myself, it is difficult to relate to the students in the book as technology has advanced us further than what is portrayed in this 1950's campus setting. A quick read, but I've read better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With witty dark humor this is a book that you will never want to put down. The writing style is orignal while the plot is intricate and truthful to life. A laugh and a half, this book is most definitelly worth the read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As said, a book that is as stunning as it's cover! It caught my eye, and being a graphic designer myself, the whole idea seemed quite fascinating. From Dottie's very animated 'Life Drawing' to Winter Sorbeck's enigmatic assignments, and subsequent Critiques, this excellent, witty story propels you along until you quickly find yourself at the conclusion. However, me being me, I'm vaguely confused about the end...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. Kidd will captivate you with his amazing writing skills making this masterpiece a reality, with vivid imagery of colorful words... Truly a book that will boggle your mind. The characters become your friends and foes; teaching you not only a few insightful things about graph art, but also a few things about worldly insights imperative to the intelligent artistic minds!
Guest More than 1 year ago
im just a college student that enjoys books. and i cant even begin to explain how much this book made me 'feel' its quite witty, funny, intense, artistic, and just plain ol fun! its something that you would have to experience yourself. a light easy read that makes pages seem like lines! a definate must!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having 3 graduate degrees and a teaching career in the field of English, I have read a LOT of books, and I would rank this one in my top three favorites, so believe me, it must be good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I began reading this book on the airplane and actually had to stop reading to keep myself from breaking out into peals of laughter! Normally books do not make me laugh, but Kidd has a quirky and sometimes dark sense of humour that appealed to me. The book is short, and plot can sometimes be lacking; but this is deffinitely a worthwhile read. Everyone should consume this book immediately! (By the way; i too am an art student at a state college; its all true!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the most incredble book I have read in quite some time. Although skeptical at first, that was quickly remedied as I sat down to read this debut novel and finshed it in one sitting. I could not stop reading it. It's witty, hillarious, sarcastic, compelling, intelligent, fun, and honest. And I don't know a lick about Art. Read it.
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THIS BOOK IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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A first- year Freshman at a Liberal Arts college (music/theater major), I feel that the book is extremely relevent to the experiences of a college student. This book is challenging, exciting, fast- moving, and impossible to forget. Read this book if you want to learn, be shocked, and impressed.