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The Cheese Monkeys Paperback – 1 Jan 2003

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Product details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; New edition edition (1 Jan. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743231023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743231022
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 20 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 940,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Kidd's book is at once quotably quippy.and unmistakably melancholy." -- San Francisco Chronicle

"Funny and innovative." -- Atlanta Journal and Constitution

Kidd's novel is a witty, satirical take on academia, faculty art shows...and, of course, graphic design."--Library Journal

"Kidd's funhouse designs never fail to thrill. The same could be said of this unexpected, terrific novel by the designer himself.... It's a pleasure to find that Kidd's writing is as meticulous and energized as his book jackets; still more a pleasure to discover in Kidd an irresistible comic voice that sounds so modern, and so right, even as it re-creates the undergraduate life of the late 1950s....THE CHEESE MONKEYS is, we realize, a manifesto for design itself. But it's more, too, thanks to Kidd's knack for disarmingly left-field observations....Like the provocative Sorbeck, Kidd, in this comic gem, teaches us a thing or two about how to look at the world."--Los Angeles Times

"Funny and innovative."--Atlanta Journal and Constitution

"Kidd's book is at once quotably quippy...and unmistakably melancholy."--San Francisco Chronicle

Kidd s book is at once quotably quippy and unmistakably melancholy. --San Francisco Chronicle"

Funny and innovative. --Atlanta Journal and Constitution"

Kidd s funhouse designs never fail to thrill. The same could be said of this unexpected, terrific novel by the designer himself . It s a pleasure to find that Kidd s writing is as meticulous and energized as his book jackets; still more a pleasure to discover in Kidd an irresistible comic voice that sounds so modern, and so right, even as it re-creates the undergraduate life of the late 1950s .THE CHEESE MONKEYS is, we realize, a manifesto for design itself. But it s more, too, thanks to Kidd s knack for disarmingly left-field observations .Like the provocative Sorbeck, Kidd, in this comic gem, teaches us a thing or two about how to look at the world. --Los Angeles Times"

Kidd s novel is a witty, satirical take on academia, faculty art shows and, of course, graphic design. --Library Journal" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Chip Kidd, the associate art director of jackets and special projects at Knopf Publishing, has long been recognised as a leading pioneer in book-cover art. The recipient of numerous graphic design honours and awards, he lives in New York. This is his first novel.


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Format: Paperback
Though Chip Kidd is best known as a "graphic designer" for book covers (as opposed to "commercial artist," a distinction he makes in the book), his talent as a writer could propel him into a whole new field--and this book into cult icon status. With a clarity of vision perhaps brought on by hindsight, he lays bare the emotional and intellectual confusion of a naïve, first year art student at a state university, a character who must find himself in an atmosphere which requires him to evaluate all the ideas and values he's uncritically absorbed to date. The character, who feels autobiographical, is lively, funny, and, I thought, totally believable, and I suspect that any reader who has ever taken an art course will empathize, if not identify, with him in some way.
As the speaker lives through this "novel in two semesters," he is profoundly affected by an off-the-wall female upperclassman, Himillsy Dodd, a free-spirited, hard-drinking woman of strong opinions, willing to challenge everyone and everything. Opposing hypocrisy wherever she finds it (virtually everywhere), Himillsy serves as a quirky mentor during the speaker's first two art classes, the second of which is with Winter Sorbeck, a never-to-be-forgotten instructor who turns his students' thinking inside-out, viciously critiquing not only of their work but also their personalities. As "Happy" deals with Sorbeck, Himillsy, the usual freshman tensions, fraternity parties, exams, critiques, and all-nighters, the reader shares his anxieties and feels his growth.
The amusing cover of the book resembles a doodled-on freshman text, with a magic marker message written on the binding and side of the closed book, bleeding into the pages themselves.
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Format: Hardcover
Though Chip Kidd is best known as a "graphic designer" for book covers (as opposed to "commercial artist," a distinction he makes in the book), his talent as a writer could propel him into a whole new field--and this book into cult icon status. With a clarity of vision perhaps brought on by hindsight, he lays bare the emotional and intellectual confusion of a naïve, first year art student at a state university, a character who must find himself in an atmosphere which requires him to evaluate all the ideas and values he's uncritically absorbed to date. The character, who feels autobiographical, is lively, funny, and, I thought, totally believable, and I suspect that any reader who has ever taken an art course will empathize, if not identify, with him in some way.
As the speaker lives through this "novel in two semesters," he is profoundly affected by an off-the-wall female upperclassman, Himillsy Dodd, a free-spirited, hard-drinking woman of strong opinions, willing to challenge everyone and everything. Opposing hypocrisy wherever she finds it (virtually everywhere), Himillsy serves as a quirky mentor during the speaker's first two art classes, the second of which is with Winter Sorbeck, a never-to-be-forgotten instructor who turns his students' thinking inside-out, viciously critiquing not only of their work but also their personalities. As "Happy" deals with Sorbeck, Himillsy, the usual freshman tensions, fraternity parties, exams, critiques, and all-nighters, the reader shares his anxieties and feels his growth.
The amusing cover of the book resembles a doodled-on freshman text, with a magic marker message written on the binding and side of the closed book, bleeding into the pages themselves.
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Format: Paperback
this is the best book ive ever read.it is also the only book i couldnt stop myself grinning widely while reading it in public. it is hilarious. the kind of humour you get by exaggerating scary or embarrassing experiences with a completely serious face. in fact the whole story pushes reality just a little bit. i dont think that you will ever find such extraordinary people like winter sorbeck, dottie (the life drawing teacher, who pours a pitcher of water on her cat, which runs completely wild, so that her students can practise gesture drawings) and himillsy (who is fascinated by this) in one single place.... and yet it is so believable. the not-knowing what you want from life, not having a dream, desperately wanting to find yourself...
this book is so rich in colours, expressions, thoughts and ideas that when i finished reading it, my own life seemed so boring and dull. i can only agree with himillsy: "why cant life be interesting?"
this is not only an inspiring book for art and design students. i am recommending it to everyone who crosses my way.
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Format: Paperback
A very unusual book.
A little abstract historic Americana mixed with great Graphic Design insight.
I don't know quite what I expected but it wasn't this - but well worth the read.

The copy I received was very dog eared/badly worn, but ultimately it did not detract.
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