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The Bee Who Spoke: The Wonderful World of Belle and the Bee

978-0-500-65027-1

“Gibbon's retro illustrations are full of 1960s cheer…Fetching images.”

— Publishers Weekly

“A unique story that teaches readers to appreciate the natural world around them.”

— Smart Books for Smart Kids

“The text, tone, illustrations and a song by woodland creatures are all reminiscent of Golden Books. However, one of [the] strongest messages is all 21st-century: Human beings need bee pollination for many of their favorite foods…This book's likable French protagonist makes its environmentalist message go down easy.”

— Kirkus Reviews

“Readers will delight in the beauty of the story, inspiring children between… to look beyond what they see at first glance and to appreciate the world around them.”

— New York Journal of Books

“A charming story.”

— Midwest Book Review

“When Belle, a scrappy, inquisitive, and oh so chic Parisian tween—(love the striped pullover and the perky red neckerchief, illustrated by a contributor to The New Yorker and Vogue), is transported to a place that transforms her, all bets are off.”

— Centerforfiction.org

The Big Adventure of a Little Line

978-0-500-65058-5

“The idea of an interactive line is not a new concept in children's literature, but the line as a metaphor for how artistic talent manifests throughout life and what that means to the artist is an interesting take on the concept. The lively ink drawings are skillful and humorous. Artists and designers may want to add this one to their personal collections.”

— School Library Journal

Big Art / Small Art

978-0-500-23922-3

“Maintaining a sense of winder and a wide aesthetic, this survey reveals a meaningful exploration of art ranging from monumental to tiny.”

— Public Art Review

“A coffee table book full of work that uses scale, large and small, as an essential element…Unexpected [and] eye-popping.”

— Unshelved by Ambaum & Barnes

“Mining the artistic potential of scale in art, Big Art/Small Art is comprehensive, offering intelligent, in-depth critical essays and artists' biographies. Ideal for art students. General readers interested in contemporary art will find [this book] colorful and accessible.”

— Library Journal

“Showcases a rich variety of intentions and approaches to scale, encompassing a wide-ranging aesthetic—from the natural to the synthetic, and from the hyperreal to the otherworldly. Stunning stuff!”

— Lurzer's International Archive

“Big Art/Small Art is more than just a catalog of large and small works of art: it's a statement about the value of perspective.”

— Modern in Denver

Big Book of Beasts

978-0-500-65106-3

“[Yuval] Zommer follows The Big Book of Bugs with a book that focuses on wild mammals. Questions introduce each spread, which discuss specific mammals and more general topics, such as animal footprints, endangered creatures, and animals in urban habitats. Zommer illustrates with playful detail in scenes that have a folk-art flair.”

— Publishers Weekly

The Big Book of Birds

978-0-500-65151-3

“The watercolor illustrations joyously spill across pages, portraying an amazing variety of feathered creatures busily interacting with each other… This is a book that needs to be looked at again and again, slowly and carefully; the perusal will result in fresh discoveries every time.”

— Booklist

“Written and organized in similar format to his previous titles, Zommer's magical illustrations will draw the reader into the captivating world of birds… A careful walk through this book will prove to be an enjoyable one, perhaps leading some…to become instant bird aficionados.”

— School Library Journal

Big Book of Bugs

978-0-500-65067-7

“This giant, splendidly illustrated book of bugs will have children reaching for a magnifying glass instead of that fly swatter. Bugs have never looked better than in Zommer's colorful, often comical little portraits and glorious natural backdrops, from gardens to ponds. Each artfully composed, oversized spread teems with life and mini-bug dramas, and the brief text is fun and accessible. By the end, two-legged whippersnappers will be convinced that bugs are not only intriguing and marvelous, but useful and deserving of respect.”

— Shelf Awareness

The Big Book of the Blue

978-0-500-65119-3

“A refreshing dive past some of our world's marine wonders.”

— Kirkus Reviews

“Cheerful, witty, and absolutely enticing… The oversize pages featuring creatures from the deep blue sea are filled from top to bottom with illustrations encompassing a palette of blues [and] drawings are unique in their crisp details and dizzying compositions. Factual and visually accurate, this sure-fire kid magnet should prompt a lot of interest—and requests for multiple readings. Just be sure to allow plenty of time for poring over each page.”

— Booklist (starred review)

“Zommer's illustrations are more whimsical than naturalistic--creatures peer at one another with expressive, close-set eyes-but fun, accompanying captions provide factual insights… The portrait layout enhances the sense of ocean depth… Zommer introduces a seek-and-find element, which will lead readers to discover additional faces and surprises within the teeming underwater scenes.”

— Publishers Weekly

A Bigger Message: Conversations with David Hockney

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“An erudite writer and a wonderful artist in a book that feels like eavesdropping. It could be a literary painting.”

— Washington Independent Book Review

“Sumptuously illustrated, this radiant volume encapsulates what it truly means to be a visual artist.”

— Booklist

“…Hockney offers insights into the art of painting, be it on touchscreen or canvas. The book is a walk up to “A Bigger Picture,” the major Hockney show at London's Royal Academy of Arts.”

— Business Week

“…Hockney offers insights into the art of painting, be it on touchscreen or canvas. The book is a walk up to “A Bigger Picture,” the major Hockney show at London's Royal Academy of Arts.”

— Bloomberg

“Hockney's comments about drawing and about looking are very useful, not just in understanding his work and career, but also in general.”

— Choice

“In this charming book… the author conveys an awe for the intellect and drive of an artist.”

— ARTnews

A Bigger Message: Conversations with David Hockney

978-0-500-29225-9

“[A Bigger Message] has an energy and vividness that can only be called cinematic”

— San Francisco Chronicle

“[A Bigger Message] has an energy and vividness that can only be called cinematic”

— San Francisco Chronicle

“Five new chapters have been added to this volume, originally published in 2011. 'The world's most popular living painter' discusses his life and art with art critic Martin Gayford.”

— Library Journal

“A substantially expanded edition of Gayford's intriguing hybrid Q&A, art criticism and memoir. A Bigger Message enriches our own understanding not only of England's most famous living painter but of the bigger picture, as well.”

— San Francisco Chronicle

Bill Viola

978-0-500-09392-4

“Brings to life the compelling and enigmatic video works of Bill Viola [and] will appeal to students of film and video who have experienced his art firsthand.”

— Library Journal

Bitten by Witch Fever: Wallpaper & Arsenic in the Nineteenth-Century Home

978-0-500-51838-0

“Replicates the papers’ hues and texture, with meticulous color-matching and heavyweight stock, interspersing color-themed sections with booklets that relate the history and uses of the poison.”

— The Wall Street Journal

“Fascinating… Perhaps the ultimate answer as to why arsenic-laced wallpaper continued to proliferate the market for so long lies in their undeniable aesthetic appeal. Dangerously beautiful yes, but with an allure that stands the test of time—and should serve as an enduring warning for all.”

— Vogue.com

“Tells the story of the extensive use of arsenic in the 19th century [and] includes pictures of objects and artworks made from substances that incorporated arsenic, and advertisements for arsenic-filled products for Victorian women, such as soap with a doctor’s certificate to ensure its harmlessness.”

— The Atlantic.com

“An unnerving account of an unexpected killer in the elaborately decorated homes of Victorian England: arsenic-laced wallpaper…The book’s gorgeous wallpaper facsimiles give no hint of their toxicity; they beautifully evoke Victorian style with their ornate patterns and rich, vivid colors, illustrating why these papers, and specifically their green shades, were so popular.”

— Publishers Weekly

The Bloomsbury Cookbook: Recipes for Life, Love and Art

978-0-500-51730-7

“Truly an artifact that offers an intimate tableside experience to witness the lives, dreams, conversations and meals of one of our most influential artistic and intellectual communities.”

— Publishers Weekly

“Seamlessly weaves together history, recipes, hand-written notes, and liberal quotes from the characters involved for a unique literary and culinary feast.”

— Saveur

“Just when you think everything has been written about the Bloomsbury Group …The Bloomsbury Cookbook offers a fascinating culinary perspective. Much more than a cookbook…A social and cultural history liberally spiced with gossip, allowing us to “taste” the heady lives of the Bloomsbury Group.”

— El Paso Times

“A revelatory collection of art, history, photography and literary memoir of the Bloomsbury Group, as seen through recipes culled from the culinary archives and personal cookbooks of its members.”

— Shelf Awareness

“A well-written and well-researched work that uses food to reintroduce readers to a fascinating group. Public libraries should consider.”

— Library Journal

“Fascinating.”

— Midwest Book Review

“Through painstaking research, Rolls has pieced together a gastronomical history of the Bloomsbury group, providing an intimate peek into the past and revealing a new facet of the group’s friendship…Rolls offers readers a chance to experience the Bloomsbury group like never before.”

— Victorian Homes

“Plumbs an inarguably rich archive of food references and recipes among Woolf’s circle… Ondaatje Rolls’s whimsical sensibility, good humor, and excellent storytelling skills are distinguishing features of the entire work.”

— Woolf Studies Annual

Body Art

978-0-500-20420-7

“Reveals the historical origins of many designs you might see while walking around the giant body art gallery that is the contemporary western city.”

— Fast Co.Design

The Body in Contemporary Art

978-0-500-20400-9

“Makes the human body an effective lens through which to view the myriad strands of postmodern art since it settled into pluralism in the 1900s…. A valuable readable reference.”

— The Magazine (Santa Fe's Monthly)

Bog Bodies Uncovered: Solving Europe's Ancient Mystery

978-0-500-05182-5

“A real-life forensic thriller revealing the secrets of ancient and modern bodies preserved in bogs—some for nearly 3,000 years…Aldhouse-Green relies on her archaeological expertise and knowledge of Celtic myths, along with accounts of ancient authors on barbarian rituals, to ponder 'the million-dollar question: whether human sacrifice was behind some or all of the Iron- and Roman-period bog deaths.' An intriguing window into the past.”

— Kirkus Reviews

“Like an Iron Age CSI detective, archaeologist Aldhouse-Green investigates the grisly deaths of men, women and children discovered millennia later in the peat bogs of Northern Europe.”

— Discover

“This work excels in drawing the reader into the story…An exquisite example of writing and investigation [that] contributes a wealth of information and a scientific approach to presentation of data and discussion, and offers an updated and in-depth treatise on the growing body of knowledge on preserved human remains recovered from the peat bogs of northern Europe.”

— Library Journal

“Celtic specialist Aldhouse-Green reviews the discoveries of well-preserved human bodies in the wetlands of the British Isles and northern Europe. She concentrates on the forensic evidence, which allows scholars to give some meaning to these curious examples of isolated, violent death and seemingly impromptu burial in swamps. Well illustrated, this volume will attract wide readership. Highly recommended.”

— Choice

Bollywood Posters

978-0-500-28776-7

“The oversized presentation and lavish, full-page posters in full color make for a fine and highly recommended survey of an industry little covered outside of India.”

— Midwest Book Review

“From the early 20th century to the present day, this large-scale, brightly colored, coffee table book features the very best (and also the very cheesiest) advertisements for the hottest movie releases and stand-alone Hindi classics.  It’s the perfect addition to any book-lover’s or movie buff’s collection.”

— Zink

The Book of Kells

978-0-500-23894-3

“Sheds much light on this treasured book and raises many more questions.”

— Antiques and the Arts Weekly

“A fine introduction to this extraordinarily beautiful work.”

— Grand Rapids Press

“This new British edition is a fantastic recreation of the tome that sits in repose at the library in Dublin's Trinity College.”

— NY Daily News Book Blog