Book Review – The World of Post Secret

TITLE: The World Of Post Secret
AUTHOR: Frank Warren
Format: Hardcover
PUBLISHED: 2017

 

The World Of Post Secret is the newest PS book and it breaks a five year draught where all we had was weekly secrets on the internet (If you’re a fan of post secret, you know what I’m saying).

For those who don’t know, Post Secret was started by Frank Warren when he made up a bunch of blank postcards and left them in public spaces.  One was blank, one side had instructions to fill the blank side with your secret and then stick it in the mailbox.

Over the years, Frank has become the secret keeper.  He’s amassed millions of secrets and he’s the one who brings them back out and travels the world with them, displaying them in gallery shows and lectures, and of course putting them in these books.

I have read all of the Post Secret books.  I own half of them.  So when I saw this one at the library, I grabbed it in a hurry.  And I immediately opened it and couldn’t put it down.  

Hands down, this is the best book they’ve done.  The early books just displayed postcards.  This book arranges them in a conversation.  There are interviews from Frank’s first mail carrier, Frank, even some of the people who run PS in other countries.  

There’s a section on the app, I’ll fated because people are jerk so, but it’s amazing. There was a secret where somebody wanted to travel the world but only had a month left because of a brain tumor.  It was arranged on a page with responses – photos of people sharing their locations so the OP can travel from her armchair…  

I have always felt a little like a voyeur looking at the site and seeing the secrets.  But with this book, I felt like I was part of the conversation  Like I was asked to open a part of me and be the secret keeper too.  And they were all so very raw and very real.

If I could, I would give this book a better rating.  5/5 for sure from me.

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Book Review – Postcards From Camp

TITLE: Postcards From Camp

AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR: Simms Taback

FORMAT: Hardcover

PUBLISHED: 2011

Postcards From Camp is a story told entirely through the correspondence between Michael and his dad.

The book starts with Michael sending home a postcard about how his counselor is an alien or worse and his father must immediately get him, lest he die.  HALP!  Of course, his father doesn’t, instead he sends an encouraging word.  Through the letters, Good Ol’ Dad ends up talking Michael into staying, and, well, I’m sure you figure out that he ends up enjoying himself by the end of it.

When I saw this, I had to pick it up.  I love Nick Bantock’s Griffin and Sabine books, and this has a similar presentation.  I like that the postcards from the kid look like a little kid did them, and the stuff from the father is typed and formal and proper.  It’s a perfect juxtaposition of the two.  [Also, that last sentence is totally true, but I seriously only put it in the review so I could write juxtaposition legitimately.  Sorry.]

Anyway, I think the book is adorable.   It’s a great book for a kid about to go to camp or somebody who really likes postcards or whatever like I do.  I think it’s totally worth the read.  5/5.

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