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The Essential Leunig : Cartoons from a Winding Path - Michael Leunig

The Essential Leunig

Cartoons from a Winding Path

Hardcover

Published: 21st November 2012
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Four hundred definitive cartoons spanning five decade.

From the vast repertoire created by Michael Leunig since 1965 comes this inspired selection of his most universal and timeless pieces. Such is his prophetic insight that many of them are more relevant today – and funnier and more ironic – than when they were first published.

This beautiful, colour-filled hardback includes some works not previously collected, along with an introduction by Leunig on how he creates: the process of discovering 'poetry and spirit in the playful winding path that the semiconscious pen makes on a piece of paper'. The Essential Leunig is a testament to the enduring appeal of a unique Australian artist.

About the Author

Michael Leunig has been drawing and writing for Australian newspapers since 1965. He was born in Melbourne and now lives on a farm in north-eastern Victoria. His work has been widely published overseas, and has been adapted in Australia for television, theater and radio. His many titles include The Penguin Leunig, The Travelling Leunig, Ramming the Shears, Everyday Devils and Angels, You and Me, Short Notes from the Long History of Happiness, Why Dogs Sniff Each Other's Tails, Goatperson and Other Tales, The Curly Pyjama Letters, The Stick, Poems, Strange Creature and The Lot.

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  • Deserves multiple readings (6)
  • Broad appeal (5)
  • Easy to understand (4)
  • New ideas (4)
  • Informative (3)

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    • Gift (5)
    • Older readers (3)
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    4.0

    A treasure trove of imaginative insights

    By David Openheart

    from Perth, AU

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    Pros

    • Broad Appeal
    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Easy To Understand
    • New Ideas

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Art Fans
      • Cartoon Enthusiasts
      • Gift
      • Older Readers

      Comments about The Essential Leunig:

      This large anthology is a great coffee table book and can be easily enjoyed a few pages at a time. There are many great visual portrayals of emotions and thoughts we all feel from time to time, as well as some fresh poetic insights (to me, at least).

      There are many colour illustrations in the book.

      All in all, I thoroughly enjoy this book. A comprehensive introduction to Leunig.

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      5.0

      Leunig wit and wisdom

      By JohannaAustralia

      from Melbourne

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      Pros

      • Broad Appeal
      • Deserves Multiple Readings
      • Easy To Understand
      • Informative
      • New Ideas
      • Relevant

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Gift
        • Happy Reflective Sad
        • Older Readers
        • Special Needs
        • Younger Readers

        Comments about The Essential Leunig:

        I love Michael Leunig for his insights, beautifully articulated through Mr. Curly, the ducks, the boofheads and the angels.
        I don't think you need be a Leunigphile, because he speaks to everyone, if only in one sketch, about a life/soul issue.
        Mr Leunig, thank you

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        5.0

        The Essential Leunig for Leunig lovers

        By Wendy

        from NSW

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        Pros

        • Broad Appeal
        • Deserves Multiple Readings
        • Easy To Understand
        • Informative
        • New Ideas
        • Relevant
        • Well Written

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Gift

          Comments about The Essential Leunig:

          The perfect coffee table book :)

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          5.0

          Totally essential.

          By duke

          from sydney

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          Pros

          • Broad Appeal
          • Deserves Multiple Readings
          • Easy To Understand
          • Informative
          • New Ideas
          • Relevant
          • Well Written

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Gift
            • Older Readers

            Comments about The Essential Leunig:

            Excellent commentary on life and the world. Should be studied at school.You just look at his cartoons and think that they are so relevant.

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            5.0

            An excellent book.

            By Rachael-Yvette

            from Sydney

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            Pros

            • Broad Appeal
            • Comedic
            • Deserves Multiple Readings
            • Philosophical
            • Thought provoking
            • Well Written
            • Whimsical

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Bedtime
              • Coffee Table
              • Gift
              • Time Pressed

              Comments about The Essential Leunig:

              A truly wonderful book. Pages full of cartoons and comic strips. A pick up for 10 minutes or an hour. Full of Leunig's philosophical and whimsical views on the world and life as he knows/interprets it. Best read in small doses as it does encourage reflection and pondering. Some pictures and cartoons are worth framing....just a beautiful book that can be enjoyed over and over again.

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              5.0

              If you love Leunig, you will love this!

              By Jennifer Art Lover

              from Montville, QLD, AU

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              Pros

              • Deserves Multiple Readings
              • Quirky Life Observations
              • Unique

              Cons

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                • Treasure Trove To Keep

                Comments about The Essential Leunig:

                For Leunig Lovers this is the book to have and to hold.

                Everything about it makes me smile - the page size is perfect, the heft satisfying for this feast of cartoons so connected to the heart of things.

                The cover design, colours, embossing, interior cover and even the curly display of the publishing facts on the 'Thanks Be' page are so evocative of Michael Leunig. Love it!

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                Michael Leunig

                Michael Leunig has been drawing and writing for Australian newspapers since 1965. He was born in Melbourne and now lives on a farm in north-eastern Victoria. His work has been widely published overseas, and has been adapted in Australia for television, theatre and radio.

                His many titles include The Penguin Leunig, The Travelling Leunig, Ramming the Shears, Everyday Devils and Angels, You and Me, Short Notes from the Long History of Happiness, Why Dogs Sniff Each Other's Tails, Goatperson and Other Tales, The Curly Pyjama Letters, The Stick, Poems, Strange Creature and The Lot.

                Visit Michael Leunig's Booktopia Author Page


                ISBN: 9780670074686
                ISBN-10: 0670074683
                Audience: General
                Format: Hardcover
                Language: English
                Number Of Pages: 400
                Published: 21st November 2012
                Dimensions (cm): 24.9 x 24.7  x 3.0
                Weight (kg): 24.9
                Edition Number: 1