The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories

The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories, Volume 1Tiny Little Book of Tiny Little Stories, Volume 1, 3.75 stars, 88 pages, pub. 2011

From hitRECord, the immensely popular open collaborative production company, and its founder, Golden Globe-nominated actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, comes The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 1.

The universe is not made of atoms; it’s made of tiny stories.

To create The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 1, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, known within the hitRECord community as RegularJOE–directed thousands of collaborators to tell tiny stories through words and art. With the help of the entire creative collective, Gordon-Levitt culled, edited and curated over 8,500 contributions into this finely tuned collection of original art from 67 contributors. Reminiscent of the 6-Word Memoir series, The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 1 brings together art and voices from around the world to unite and tell stories that defy size.

from Goodreads

For my first read of the year, I also offer a confession.  It’s not a well-kept secret of course, but it is why I was interested in this book.  I’ve got a crush on Joseph Gordon-Levitt (not on him name though, I wish it were shorter. Maybe I can call him JG-L?)  Not from his geeky days on that alien show, I didn’t watch that, but from his impressive diversity of movie roles.  Okay, back to the book.  A book with tiny stories like this (one or two pages long) wouldn’t usually say on my radar, but because of JG-L, I put it on my Christmas list and I was happy to find it in my stocking on Christmas Eve.

I could have read the whole thing in no time at all, but chose to read half on Christmas and half yesterday so it could be my first book of the year.  I wanted to feel like I was accomplishing some reading goals right off the bat.  I love everything about the physical book, the size (a hardcover that fits into the palm of my hand, the end pages full of the books illustrations and the actual black and white pages themselves.  This is a great gift book and one that is perfect for the coffee table or guest room.

I liked most of the stories themselves, a few made me laugh out loud and many made me smile.  What is a tiny story?


Visit here and you can see stories from volume 3 that came out in November and watch a 2 minute video of JG-L trying to sell it to you. Convinced me 🙂