Sunday Mini Book One

As I mentioned last week, I am on holiday in England. I have prepared a post on making your own miniature book for each Sunday that I am away. I will post about other things if and when I can.

This week’s miniature book is Eric by Shaun Tan.

Shaun Tan is a highly acclaimed Australian illustrator. You can read his bio here. Here’s Tan’s description of Eric.


This is a small, Eric-sized edition of the story that originally appeared in Tales from Outer Suburbia, edited with some new artwork and layout design – which has proved to be very popular!

Eric is a foreign exchange student who comes to live with a typical suburban family. Although everyone is delighted with the arrangement, cultural misunderstandings ensure, beginning with Eric’s insistence on sleeping in a pantry cupboard rather than a specially prepared guest room. For more about ‘Eric’, visit his corner at Allen & Unwin.

The DIY mini book for today was found on Flickr (no, I can’t find the link again!) and is in jpeg format. The page is printable on legal size paper and looks like this:

The mini book consists of a cover, endpapers, 2-page frontispiece, and assorted illustrations taken from the original book. If you don’t have legal size paper, you could shrink to fit a smaller paper size and have a very tiny book.

There are no instructions, so feel free to assemble this any way you want! (I would cut and fold the two strips as an accordion, then add the cover.) You can find the printable page here.

Tan is a remarkable graphic artist. I recommend that you check out more of his work, including his paintings, on his website. You can find his books in the children’s section of many bookstores.

Dateline September 21, 2018:

In other book news:

David and I went to the Weston Library in Oxford (part of the Bodleian) to see Tolkien: Maker of Middle Earth.l

Samantha Shannon wrote a preview piece for The Guardian. She examines the exhibition from the points of view of both an average visitor and someone who grew up reading Tolkien and went on to create worlds of her own.

If you can get to Oxford before the 28th of October, I highly recommend that you take the opportunity to visit the exhibition.




About Byopia Press

I have been working in the book arts field for more than twenty years, and operating Byopia Press with my husband David since the late 1990s. I began producing artist's books and altered books in 2004.
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6 Responses to Sunday Mini Book One

  1. barleybooks says:

    Welcome to England! And forgive me for not knowing the dimensions of “Legal size”. Have I been using illegal size paper all these years? What a charming book! It works ok on A4 and is very tiny!


  2. dinahmow says:

    This might help in explaining sizes

    I’d love to see that Tolkien exhibition!


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