Best Alison Jackson books

Private 2016: Trump Cover

Alison Jackson

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Is that really...? Could it be...? A celebrity book like no other. Alison Jackson gives us her unique take on modern celebrity culture. She feeds the voyeur in all of us, providing a sneak peek at the lives of celebrities and public figures. In the latest edition of her PRIVATE book series, the BAFTA and multi award-winning Artist unveils a world where the imagined becomes real, populated by some of the most famous faces of day, including The Royal Family, 'Kim and Kanye' and of course, man of the moment, Donald Trump. PRIVATE expertly swings between the outrageous and the all too believable. Using cleverly crafted actors and lookalikes, Alison Jackson ingeniously blurs the lines between fact and fiction -daring to point the lens back at us and our celebrity-crazed culture.

Alison Jackson: Stern Portfolio (Stern Fotografie Portfolio)

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Alison Jackson's staged realism toys with our voyeuristic and fame-fueled fantasies. Her mockumentary approach uses look-alikes to create elaborate imaginary scenes of famous people. Cheeky and often shocking, her fabulously fake scenarios question the levels of reality present in our media-saturated existences. Along the way, she challenges us to question how much of what we know (or think we know) about well-known fi gures

can actually be true: Could it all really be a deluded projection of our own mundane lives? Is loneliness and disconnection at the heart of wanting to come close to our famous "friends?" Why are we so curious about people we'll probably never meet--whose whole existence might just be a carefully constructed performance?

Alison Jackson: Confidential

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Daring doppelgängers: What you see in this book is not “real”
 
Alison Jackson has photographed the Queen of England on the toilet, George Bush and Tony Blair chatting in the sauna, Mick Jagger doing gymnastics, and Monica Lewinsky lighting Bill Clinton’s cigar. Or has she? The likenesses are uncanny, but of course, her subjects are look-alikes. Her photos demonstrate that while seeing is believing, the truth is another story entirely. In her work, Jackson says, “Likeness becomes real and fantasy touches on the believable. The viewer is suspended in disbelief. I try to highlight the psychological relationship between what we see and what we imagine. This is bound up in our need to look—our voyeurism—and our need to believe.” Indeed, by showing “celebrities” ostensibly caught unawares, Jackson’s pictures show us what we imagine might go on behind closed doors. Jackson’s work causes controversy, because it threatens to cross the line between the private and public life of our contemporary icons. Because we unquestioningly accept the authenticity of the photograph, it would appear that we are being given a glimpse of something confidential, a private moment. It is only upon closer examination that we question the reality of the image, and hopefully this makes us question our unwitting tendency to believe everything we see in the media today.

For this edition, Jackson has been commissioned to shoot a broad selection of new portraits of dead-ringers for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, George Bush, J. Lo, Eminem, Britney Spears, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Tom Cruise, and many more. Expect the unexpected!

With essays by Will Self, Charles Glass, and William Ewing.
 
All photographs © Alison Jackson
All well-known individuals depicted in this book are not “real.” The photographs have been created using look-alikes. The well-known individuals have not had any involvement in the creation of the photographs and they have not approved them, nor has their approval been sought for the publication of these photographs.
 
Text in English, French, and German

Thea's Tree

Alison Jackson

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Thea?s science project grows unusually tall in this funny twist on the classic Jack fairy tale.

Thea decides to plant some old bean seeds and watch them grow as her science project. And grow they do?into a giant beanstalk. Savvy young readers will recognize elements from the classic ?Jack? fairy tale, such as a harp and golden egg, but the haughty grown-ups that Thea writes to for help do not. Thea receives letters and comical advice from a plethora of dim ?experts,? ranging from botanist to symphony conductor to zoologist. Thea?s Tree playfully combines curriculum areas, including science, language arts, and storytelling into a clever tale kids will love.

If the Shoe Fits

Alison Jackson

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An original take on some favorite nursery rhymes - this is one search for a new house that's bound to be more pleasure than trouble.

There was an old woman
who lived in a shoe.
She had so many children,
she didn't know what to do.
She gave them some broth
without any bread,
Then took them to live
in a new home instead.

Too messy, too woolly, too noisy, too small. Whether it's Humpty Dumpty's wall or Mother Hubbard's cupboard, the old woman (who once lived in a shoe) and her children (who once lived there, too) just can't seem to find a new home big enough for their growing needs. So where will they turn for a cozy night's rest? The perfect place is only a step away -- no moving van required!

I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie (Picture Puffins)

Alison Jackson

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I know an old lady who swallowed a pie, a Thanksgiving pie, which was really too dry.

And with that the feast begins! After the pie the old lady swallows a whole squash, all of the salad, and the entire turkey! As Mother and Father watch in shock, the two children are delighted to see the old lady growing fatter and fatter. And, in the end, the old lady makes a surprising and humorous contribution to the holiday festivities.

"Jackson draws on some traditional Thanksgiving foods to give a familiar rhyme new zing. Schachner's exuberant, cartoon-style illustrations . . . catch the comedy splendidly!" --Booklist

"Schachner's watercolor illustrations are absolutely delightful. Children will find lots to examine and enjoy in these expressive pictures, particularly the repeated appearances of the woman's fluffy white cat." --School Library Journal

Kate and Wills Up the Aisle: A Right Royal Wedding

Alison Jackson

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Alison Jackson presents a humorous folio of photographs to reveal all about the royal wedding between Kate and Wills, the most anticipated nuptials to come out of Britain since Charles and Diana, providing a glimpse into all the events we have imagined but never thought we would see. This largely chronological retelling of the romance of Wills and Kate and the run-up to the Royal Wedding will include pictures of the genealogical background of the two sides and details of the early days of their courtship right through to the wedding itself. There is the endless waiting for Kate - the ring-gazing, gym regime, deportment and daily wash and blow. Then there is Wills' preparations for the proposal and practice for the public announcement, not to mention the fun of the wedding preparations; drawing up the guest list, designing the menus and picking the wedding dress, while a variety of celebrity guests - including Elton John, the Beckhams and Lady Gaga - choose and try on their outfits for the special day. Our whistle-stop tour of the royal romance shows what everyone wishes they could see and gives us answers to questions like: How did blushing student Wills chat up Kate? How did Kate learn the tricks of the trade she needed to bag Wills and become Queen material? Ever wondered what actually happened when Wills proposed in the African bush? As for the happy couple's loved ones, how does poor old Charles feel about being upstaged by his young son with Diana's eyes and smile? We have the stag and hen nights; the arrival of the gifts from heads of states from around the world; and, of course, the shots of the The Big DayA" that you simply won't see anywhere else.

By Alison Jackson: I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie (Picture Puffins)

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The Ballad of Valentine (Picture Puffin Books (Paperback))

Alison Jackson

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Oh my darling, oh my darling, oh my darling Valentine. I have written forty letters, but you've never read a line.

Set to the tune of the song "Clementine," Alison Jackson tells the sweet tale of Valentine and her beau. Valentine goes about her day, doing chores around her mountain cabin, while her secret admirer is hard at work trying to ask her an important question. He tries many ways to contact her, including Morse code and smoke signals, but he can never complete his message. Will he ever be able to reach his beloved Valentine?

Gods and Monsters

The Book Smugglers

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From a thief and a stolen goddess, to twin sisters more different than their fathers ever could have imagined. From a priestess fighting gods incarnate, to a cursed artifact and journal concealing a great evil. From a young boy discovering his godly lineage and power, to two trans boys falling in love and summoning demons. Gods and Monsters collects six tales of great and terrible powers, including:

  • “Beauty, Glory, Thrift” by Alison Tam

  • "The Waters and Wild of Winter Street" by Jessi Cole Jackson

  • "A Question of Faith" by Tonya Liburd

  • "It Came Back" by Samantha Lienhard

  • "Duck Duck God" by José Iriarte

  • "Avi Cantor Has Six Months To Live" by Sacha Lamb


All stories originally edited and published by The Book Smugglers.