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How to be an Explorer of the World [Paperback]

Keri Smith
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Book Description

26 May 2011

From the author of Wreck this Journal, Keri Smith's How to be an Explorer of the World is an invitation to rediscover the world around you.

Artists and scientists analyze the world around them in surprisingly similar ways, by observing, collecting, documenting, analyzing, and comparing. In this captivating guided journal, readers are encouraged to explore their world as both artists and scientists.

The mission Smith proposes?

"To document and observe the world around you. As if you've never seen it before. Take notes. Collect things you find on your travels. Document findings. Notice patterns. Copy. Trace. Focus on one thing at a time. Record what you are drawn to."

With a series of interactive prompts and a beautifully hand-illustrated two-colour package, readers will enjoy exploring and discovering the world through this gorgeous book.

Bestselling author Keri Smith is a freelance illustrator by trade, and has illustrated for the Washington Post, The New York Times, Ford Motor Company, People, The Body Shop and Hallmark. She is the author of Wreck This Journal, How To Be An Explorer of the World and Mess. She lives in Canada.


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (26 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 024195388X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241953884
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Keri Smith is an author/illustrator turned guerilla artist. She is the author of several bestselling books about creativity including How to be an Explorer of the World -the Portable Life/Art Museum,( 2008 Perigee), Wreck this Journal (2007 Perigee). Her newest book, This is Not a Book will be released fall 2009 by Penguin Books. She is the author of the popular weblog the Wish Jar which attracts over 10,000 readers daily, and writes on occasion for a variety of magazines (including How Magazine). Keri spends her days playing with her husband and son, and divides her time between upstate New York, and the countryside of Canada.

As a free lance illustrator she has worked for a wide variety of clientsworldwide. Most recently Random House, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Ford Motor Co., the Boston Globe, Galison/Mudpuppy Press, and Hallmark. In the last few years she has given lectures and workshops on the topic of "living creatively" for the How Design Conference, the OntarioGraphic Artist's Assocation, UC Davis, and schools across North America.She has been featured in How, Step by Step, Print, Bust, Wired and many more.

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"Both daring and meditative, "How to Be an Explorer of the World" is part Maira Kalman, part Wendy MacNaughton, part its very own kind of whimsy, delivering -- beautifully -- exactly what it says on the tin, with an invitation to be just a little bit more alive each day."
--Brain Pickings --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Bestselling author Keri Smith is a freelance illustrator by trade, and has illustrated for the Washington Post, The New York Times, Ford Motor Company, People, The Body Shop and Hallmark. She is the author of Wreck This Journal, How To Be An Explorer of the World and Mess. She lives in Canada.

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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Keri Smith is the master of encouraging you to see things you usually wouldn't see in life. Just flicking through this book I wanted to race out and start doing everything she tells me to do in it.

There are 59 exploration ideas/activities from creating a survey and documenting peoples answers to experimenting with different items as a writing utensil. It takes you out of your box and makes you think like a child again, when creativity had no boundaries.

You're highly encouraged to write/draw/paint in the book and glue things you've collected in to it. I love this idea, but I have such a bad notebook obsession that I couldn't help but open up a new one for my 'explorations'. For me, that means I can keep coming back to some of the ideas and do them again, but some people might prefer to just throw caution to the wind and get stuck in gluing everything you find into the pages of the book. Whatever floats your boat.

I highly recommend this to anyone who is ready to be a child again and start exploring the things in the world we'd forgotten to look closely at.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I love it :) 12 Jun 2010
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It's a great book for quite artistic people as it forces you to see beauty in literally everything. I'd say it's not really aimed at children under the age of 13 as the ideas are sometimes a bit complex, but I'm 15 and I absolutely love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all children! 25 Nov 2012
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Super book! My daughter found it at the library and loved it so much, we had to buy it for her. This is not book that will sit on the shelf, but will be brought along on outings for all the little "explorers" out there. A must have in every child's book collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great creative jump lead 18 Dec 2011
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Bereft of ideas, inspiration, or motivation - pick up this book to get you back on track.

Also, a great read for getting you to re-examine the familiar - or what you thought was familiar.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now an avid explorer! 26 July 2009
By ClaireD
Format:Paperback
I absolutely LOVE Keri Smiths books, i was started off on 'Wreck This Journal' and i bought this book about two months ago before I went to Holland. Even in every day life this book helps you to be creative and really look out for details you would normally ignore.. I would say this book is a fantastic tool for teaching & learning how to be more open and observant.. which in turn unleashes creativity! Highly recommend any of Keri Smiths books but this is my favourite at the moment :) I am now an avid collector and explorer of the world.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 12 Dec 2010
By Joanna
Format:Paperback
My 7 year old daughter was given this book for her birthday about 6 months ago. She has loved using it and still takes it along when we are out and about. I don't think it is too old for her - she is very artistic and imaginative. Great book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm off to explore 30 May 2014
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What a fabulous book a so much fun. I feel like I've stepped into a different world. A world of creative possibility
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourite 28 Mar 2014
By Bambi
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I bought this book years ago for my children as I had read an article on it. I set them tasks from the book and it will became quite fantastic to see them so engaged and interested and looking at what's around them. A definite must have in the house, it is also good for adults as I enjoyed doing the tasks with the children. It is also linked to PSHE, and encourages children to think about what is around them and not to take the planet for granted in an indirect way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting way of looking at the world in a different way!
This book is a fun way to look at the world!
Published 3 days ago by EHM
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it.
Lovely, quirky book to have when running out of inspiration or ideas! Fun to have a play around with, I'd defo recommend this book to any art lovers
Published 4 months ago by joanne adshead
5.0 out of 5 stars I've been filling this book in for around a year now and I love it!
A lovely concept and I'd recommend it to inquisitive people like me.
Lovely quality and I'm definitely purchasing more Keri Smith books.
Published 6 months ago by Mr John Nairns
5.0 out of 5 stars Bible
This book is my new bible and its the think to consult in the morning and feel ready to start a brand new day :)
Its a wonderful object to take a different perspective.
Published 15 months ago by Bruno Grilo
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab!
Have given this book as a gift - great for adults who want to let loose their creative skills and/or have fun activities to do with their children.
Published 18 months ago by EB
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book
Just as good as Keri Smith's other books. Love it!
Definitely get this is you like Keri Smith. Although it's not as interactive as Wreck This Journal, Mess etc, it has a bunch... Read more
Published 18 months ago by sarah2117
5.0 out of 5 stars urban art
You know what I love about this book? The fact that it reinforces my belief that there's a pace for everyone in this world, even if you happen to be someone who likes making art... Read more
Published on 28 July 2012 by Lockie
3.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring projects, disappointing presentation
This book has a very optimistic and fun feel although the colour quality of the illustrations is a bit disappointing. Read more
Published on 17 Jan 2012 by MistyM
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