Illustrated Book of Sayings

The Illustrated Book of Sayings: Curious Expressions from Around the World - Ella Frances Sanders

From the Back:


From the New York Times bestselling author of Lost in Translation comes this charming illustrated collection of more than fifty expressions from around the globe that explore the nuances of language. From the hilarious and romantic to the philosophical and literal, the idioms, proverbs, and adages in The Illustrated Book of Sayings reveal the remarkable diversity, humor, and poignancy of the world’s languages and cultures.


My Thoughts:


I first want to say that this isn't at all what I expected. This is more of a "gift" book than the educational/fun fact type of book I thought it would be, but I did enjoy it. 


This is 110 pages long. Each entry is dedicated to a language and is followed by a full page illustrated representation of the chosen expression. The illustrations remind me of a child's book, but it fits. I do wish the illustration was before the explanation, I feel it would be smoother flowing that way because you don't know the expression of focus until you look at the image. 


What I found interesting is how these expressions came to be, and also how some of the English translations turn out.


About the Author:


Ella Frances Sanders is a writer out of necessity and an illustrator by accident. She currently lives and works in the city of Bath, UK, without a cat.

Her first book, Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words was was published in September 2014 and is an international and New York Times bestseller, and her second book The Illustrated Book of Sayings: Curious Expressions from Around the World, was published in September 2016.


Penguin Random House


I received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.