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Tamara Shopsin: What Is This?


Featured image is reproduced from <i>Tamara Shopsin: What Is This?</i>.

A smart, small book for smart, small kids by illustrator Tamara Shopsin

It is never too early to learn about abstraction--especially if celebrated illustrator Tamara Shopsin is doing the teaching. What Is This? is Shopsin's wordless children's book that will encourage imaginative thinking in readers both young and old. The miniature book, made for small hands, is filled with simple line drawings, executed with characteristic charm by Shopsin. Each drawing playfully adds to and alters the same basic squiggle, which is transformed across different contexts on each successive page: first the squiggle appears as the petals of a flower, next as a bird's nest, then a cowboy's lasso, then a plume of smoke from a factory chimney. Each time, only a few extra lines are required to suggest the conversion. By the end of the book, faced with an innocent squiggle, the question is not "what is this?" but rather, "what isn't this?"
Tamara Shopsin (born 1979) is a graphic designer and illustrator whose work has been featured in The New York Times, Good, Time, Wired and Newsweek. She is the author of the memoir Mumbai New York Scranton, designer of the 5 Year Diary and coauthor, with Jason Fulford, of the children's book This Equals That. She is also a cook at her family's restaurant, Shopsin's, in New York.

Featured image is reproduced from Tamara Shopsin: What Is This?.

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

Metropolis Magazine

Avinash Rajagopal

The "this" of the title is the squiggle of the cover…Each stretch of the imagination is drawn out, and the facing pages are invitingly blank-perhaps for a young reader's own squiggles.

Artforum

Hanne Mugaas

This little book reminds us that "it's never too early to learn about abstraction."...What Is This? is great fun for both toddlers and grown-ups.

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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/15/2015

Tamara Shopsin 'What Is This?' Launch at MoMA Store

Tamara Shopsin 'What Is This?' Launch at MoMA Store

Join Tamara Shopsin at the MoMA Bookstore, Friday, October 16 from 2-4PM for a hands-on launch event for her new children's book from The Ice Plant!
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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/9/2015

McNally Jackson Launches Tamara Shopsin's 'What Is This?'

McNally Jackson Launches Tamara Shopsin's 'What Is This?'

Join Tamara Shopsin downstairs at McNally Jackson, Prince Street, Saturday, September 12 from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM for a hands-on launch event for her new children's book from The Ice Plant! Come away with a piece of original art—by you!
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