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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (3 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846144442
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846144448
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,268 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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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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Limegreen7 on 16 July 2013
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I bought this book after some of the girls in my class brought in their Wreck this Journals. Only one of them had a This is not a book and to be honest I liked the look of it more. It's longer, after all, so lasts longer, and you can buy it cheaper. I'm a perfectionist and hate seeing things ruined, so found this book a good way of letting go, but not to the point where I'd be snapping spines, jumping on it and throwing it up trees. The book is a great waster of time and I love it. If you're looking to buy one now, go ahead!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By a on 29 Dec. 2012
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I bought this a a christmas present for my 12 year old sister and she loves it. She hasn't stopped playing with it since and she's not a big fan of books. I highly recomend it. She says it's so fun.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Susan Grohmann on 21 April 2012
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This book was amazing! I found it made me chuckle with some of the things that you have to do in it! Highly recommend this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M on 11 Jun. 2014
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If you love Wreck this journal then you'll love this book! It's jam packed with so many things to do and complete. Would keep anyone who is creative busy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SHERRIE AVIS on 11 Jan. 2014
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A great gift for a teen,fed up with having every scrap of paper in the house doodled on (regardless of their importance)I decided to find somewhere for them to doodle!
This really worked,my daughter stuffs it in her school bag and the doodles stay in here as she turns to it when she is a bit bored.
Each page is difference and sets a different 'challenge' or doodle opportunity so if they don't fancy one they can flip the page for many more.

A really good gift idea for boy or girl as this can be a tricky age to buy for it covers all tastes too.
A real winner!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Suziloo on 6 Jan. 2012
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I saw this book in an art gallery shop but bought it from Amazon as it was considerably cheaper. It's just a barrel of fun. Think of something silly to do, and this book give you permission (should you need it) to do it. I recommend this book to all those who are tempted to take themselves and/or their work too seriously. :-)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Laura kite on 12 Feb. 2012
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i really enjoy this book, theres nothing wrong with it and it was delivered very quickly. also it was very cheaper than the normal price you would find it in shops.
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49 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Kate Apple on 15 Dec. 2009
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I've only completed a few pages of this book so far, however I look forward to spending more time on it. This book is great for using you mind and imagination. Each page has a different task and it is up to you how you complete it. Perfect for anyone who is in need of something to do.

Check out Keri Smith's website and the Flickr groups for more info, and for examples of what is in the book.

I also have 'Wreck This Journal' by the same author and it is similarly awesome.
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