Big things really do come in small packages: Insight Editions’ Tiny Books and Mini Books are the perfect way for fans to fit all the knowledge of their favorite fandom conveniently in their pocket.
Tiny Books ($9.99) are collectible, pocket-sized art books measuring at 1.7 inches by 1.3 inches. Fans of Disney princesses, Harry Potter, DC, and some classic authors, such as Shakespeare, can take the Tiny Book everywhere. Matching paper covers keep the books safe while they’re in your bottomless bag. Meanwhile, the Mini Books ($11.99) pack the giant worlds of Star Wars, DC, Mickey Mouse, and Harry Potter into a slightly larger format: 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches. The slight upgrade in size enables the books to share some bigger ideas, such as concept art and entire volumes of comic book covers from DC heroes.
Each book is designed with its fandom in mind — from the outside cover to the content. It’s generally pretty easy to read and see everything despite the size of these books, but some of the speech bubbles in the comics definitely reminded me that I need new glasses.
The Gryffindor or Slytherin Tiny Books have a ton of facts in them, but some fall a bit short if you’re the kind of person who’s seen the movies 43 times. They’re the type of books that you’d definitely want if you’re a muggle going on a date with a Harry Potter nerd, and you don’t have time to see all of the movies. Conveniently hide them in your bag just in case he or she asks you whose deaths Pettigrew was responsible for (side note: answer with a tear in your eye to really sell it).
The Batman and Joker Tiny Books display quotes from their characters and art from the comics. Protip: Read the Joker quotes first and then cool your brain down with Batman. It will be something like you see below but keep in mind that Joker quotes get crazier — i.e. “No one’s died in 10 seconds. I’m bored.” Batman remains wholesome, as always.
Detective Comics and Wonder Woman each have a few Mini Book volumes offering a complete collection of covers. While there are some facts (like when Joker tried to trademark his grin after it showed up on several fish in issue No. 475 of Detective Comics), the appeal of these books is seeing the heroes change throughout the decades.
The Art of Harry Potter Mini Book of Magical Places describes how the eight films came to be, including drawings from the films’ concept artists. Each page gives a behind-the-scenes look at how various magical locations were crafted — or destroyed.
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