Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

I absolutely loved the manga version of Marie Kondo's tidying up book.  The foundation and steps for achieving what she calls the "magic" of tidying up are all present in a condensed and easy to read and understand format.

I love how the book uses a very appealing format for teens to introduce younger readers to the concept but I also enjoyed it myself; it's great for those who are short on time (or lack the focus to read a book).  Marie herself stars in this book, as she helps someone work through the tidying process (often referred to as the KonMari method).

Loved the illustrations (including how to properly fold things).  While there were still elements of eastern philosophy and religion that I don't espouse, I found those elements much less obvious in the manga form of the book.  There is still plenty of worthwhile information that anyone could benefit from. What a great way to get younger people on board with a more simplistic lifestyle. The manga version also makes for a very quick and easy reference when you need a refresher about the KonMari steps.

The fictionalized story was so fun, I'm hoping there'll be a sequel so we can find out the rest of that story!  My 12 year old snatched up the book as soon as I had completed it and I look forward to helping her put the tips into practice.  If you haven't read any of Marie Kondo's books, this would be a great way to get started!

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up from Blogging for Books for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Perspective in Action

Author David Chelsea has taken the complexity of perspective drawing and packaged it into an engaging, visual presentation in the form of a graphic novel.  Don't be fooled by the format, there is deep meat and amazing detail within the pages of this book.

Honestly, I felt as though I needed a math degree to comprehend some of the explanations on calculating and creating accurate perspective drawings. Just be aware that this would not be a book to hand to your elementary aged student to ingest on his own, but could be useful if first digested and subsequently shared on a simpler level with beginning artists.

It seems much more suited to a very serious hobbyist or even a college student of the arts. Chelsea offers some very fascinating discussions (and recreations) of how famous artists may have used various tricks to pull off their artistry.  So there is a fair amount of art history mixed in with some interesting descriptions of various techniques (with step by step instruction on how an avid student could replicate them).

Even for areas I felt were hard to understand, the author writes in a very engaging fashion and historians, artists, and graphic novel fans will find something to entertain and enlighten them within the pages of Perspectives in Action. This would make a fabulous gift for high school or college student of art.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Perspective in Action from Blogging for Books for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received.