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The Illustrated Histories of Everyday Expressions: Discover the True Stories Behind the English Language's 64 Most Popular Sayings

Category: Book
Illustrated By: Kalomeris , Alex
By (author): McGuire, James
Series: Illustrated Histories
Subject:  LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Etymology
  REFERENCE / Curiosities & Wonders
  REFERENCE / Quotations
  REFERENCE / Writing Skills
Publisher: Whalen Book Works
Published: January 2019
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 144
Size: 8.00in x 6.00in x 0.70in
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$ 24.95
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From The Publisher*With 100+ full-page illustrations, The Illustrated Histories of Everyday Expressions introduces readers to the fascinating, humorous, and often unbelievable origin stories behind the English language's most common sayings!

Why do we bring home the bacon, instead of some other salty meat? Whose beans are we spilling, exactly? Why was that cat in the bag to begin with? Every day, English speaking people turn phrase after phrase, idiom after idiom, with no actual idea what they are saying! Sure, the meaning of these expressions has long been established, but rarely do we stop to think about where they come from. The Illustrated Histories of Everyday Expressions will profile 64 of the greatest idiom origin stories through simple text and captivating illustration. No longer will you wonder why getting a goat is so frustrating, or why hatters are so mad (and no, that one doesn't come from Alice in Wonderland)! With The Illustrated Histories of Everyday Expressions, everyday phrases come to life!

Inside this charming little hardcover volume, the illustrated idioms will be arranged chronologically, with the oldest expressions appearing first, working all the way up to the present day. Each entry will provide the saying's definition and origin story, laid out cohesively within a funny and captivating illustration of the strange and wonderful long-forgotten story. 

Whalen Book Works is an independent book publishing company that combines top-notch design, unique formats, and fresh content to create truly innovative gift books. We bring together a talented team of writers, designers, illustrators, and artists in order to develop strong editorial content that brings a book to life! 
Biographical NoteAlex Kalomeris is an illustrator, animator, and printmaker based in Los Angeles, California. He got his BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design, where he studied drawing, animation, printmaking and graphic design. Since graduating in 2015, he has been working on an array of projects across the visual spectrum. His work has been featured in published books, editorial pieces, and shown in classrooms around the country. Themes of adoration and curiosity for the natural world show up often in his work. Traveling and recording what he sees, Alex takes in his experiences and imbues them with pen and ink. When not in his studio, he can be found wandering the trails of Los Angeles, sketching the natural world.