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Something's Not Quite Right [Hardcover]

Guy Billout
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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1 Feb 2003
In this slightly offbeat, deliberately challenging, and strikingly oversized book, one of our favourite artists (who we would argue is possessed of a talent bordering on genius) offers up 33 full-size paintings that portray scenes where things are, well, not quite right. Not obviously not quite right, but just enough so most children, with a little help from their parents, will be able to spot the clever anomalies and dichotomies; e.g. the gaping gaps in the suspension bridge, the pigeon with landing gear for feet, the Boeing 747 about to land with no wheels, the golf ball lodged in the ostrich's gullet. But, to be really honest, we're publishing the book because Billout has always seemed to us a genuine original, among the most talented, inventive and ingenious artists (not illustrators) working today.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: David R. Godine Publisher Inc; 1st U.S. Ed edition (1 Feb 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567922309
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567922301
  • Product Dimensions: 32.5 x 24.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,685,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

This is Guy Billout's eighth book in a career that has spanned thirty-three years and includes four "Ten Best Books of the Year" honours from the New York Times. He may live in New York but his style, vision, and technique remain decidedly European; while his depictions of images, scenes, and activities are sophisticated without being coy or cute.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite 2 Jan 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The book presents Billout's style of illustration, which I like, very well but compared to his other works this just misses something. Anyway, must have for Billout fans like me.
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  5 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars What's not to like ? ! 2 April 2005
By Book Collector - Published on Amazon.com
A well-made book. Full-page illustrations are accompanied by the piece's title. Quirky, whimsical, amusing and thought-provoking. The artist plays with reality and makes you want to too.

I love this Guy!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Humorus Art 22 Sep 2013
By D K - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Thin book, with no text at all! He lets the art speak for itself. A few may produce actual laughter.
As original as the images are some common themes emerge.
Perhaps a coffee table book, like a collection of new yorker cartoons?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun kids book 17 April 2012
By Ignoti et quasi occulti - Published on Amazon.com
This is not a high art book for adults.

This is more appropriate for a collection of children's art books, which is where I found it in the public library.

If your goal is to try to find an engaging book that can get a kid that otherwise doesn't read alot to pause for a moment, this might do the trick for you (it did for me).

The only reason I didn't give it a 5 is the book is short, like 20 pages or so (as I said, it's a kids book, so I'm not surprised, just found it short).

I hope the artist is sufficiently steadfast or encouraged to come up with more work.
5.0 out of 5 stars Something About This Book 30 Dec 2013
By Annaeve - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
My nine-year old grandson loves finding the differences in "not quite books."
While he enjoys the book, Something's Not Quite Right is actually written for adults.
It is an out-of-print book. The price for this slightly used book was very reasonably priced and in good condition.
6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Something's not quite good 4 Oct 2005
By Bruce A. Dunn - Published on Amazon.com
This was recommended to me by the Amazon "store" for buying Masters of Deception. While a few of the ideas were somewhat interesting or clever, the renditions were so poorly done that any potential was lost in mediocrity. After Masters of Deception and seeing actual masters of artististry who also add optical illusion to the mix, this seems like an art school project were the instructor would have given a C for effort and potential. I had to pay for it so I'm a bit more harsh.
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