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Manabeshima Island Japan


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Florent Chavouet is a young graphic artist and author living in France. When he returned from Japan, he realized that all the observing and sketching he had done led to his evolution as an artist. This is his second book.


"Florent Chavouet is no tour guide for those in search of overblown emotion and remarkable sites. His interests are the unknown, the anecdotal, those journeys that never cease to astonish and amuse." --Liberation
"Open the book to any page in the middle of the book and you will find the most amazing, tiny details." --Shanghai Daily
"A sumptuous book, as original in its format as in its content, Manabeshima Island Japan is even more accomplished than Tokyo on Foot." --Zoo
"Readers who enjoy graphic novels are in for a treat with this unusual and well-crafted travelogue." --School Library Journal
"By coupling such a broad range of subject matter with a quirky yet inviting free-form style of depiction, Chavouet has created a truly experiential guide--one in which the reader becomes fellow traveler, seeing, smelling, tasting, savoring and even recoiling from the same things as he."
"Chavovet's art contains gentle humor and an awareness for lifes details. Personalities and quirks enliven his fond caricatures, and each page brims with life. Chavovet's notes and observations provide further details about life on a small island. He notes the resident's habits and the antics of the many cats that rule the island. These small details, many of them surprising, give Manabeshima Island a different outlook than a guide book. It is a smart, warm, gently comical look at everyday life. Vibrant colors and interesting perspectives keeps you turning the pages." --Japan Powered blog
"His softly shaded colored-pencil artwork is often humorous--he draws himself with a bulbous nose and puts silly eyes on the various sea creatures--but it can be both luminously beautiful, especially when he draws landscapes, and highly detailed, as on the pull-out map of Manabeshima included in the back of the book. This loving portrait of island life will enchant readers as much as Chavouet was obviously charmed by Manabeshima." --Booklist
"The best part of Tuttle's lovely softcover edition of Manabeshima is that it comes with a huge map folded into a pocket on the back cover. This map is intensely detailed, showing every house and garden and boat on the island and labeled with references to people, landmarks, and events from the main text." --News on Japan

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