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Seattle Walk Report

Seattle Walk Report

An Illustrated Walking Tour Through 23 Seattle Neighborhoods

Book - 2019
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"Instagram sensation Seattle Walk Report uses her distinctive comic style and eagle eye to illustrate the charming and quirky people, places, and things that define Seattle's neighborhoods. Leveraging the growing popularity of Seattle Walk Report on Instagram, this charming book features comic book-style illustrations that celebrate the distinctive and odd people, places, and things that define Seattle's neighborhoods. The book goes deep into the urban jungle, exploring 24 popular Seattle neighborhoods, pulling out history, notable landmarks, and curiosities that make each area so distinctive. Entirely hand-drawn and lettered, Seattle Walk Report will be peppered with fun, slightly interactive elements throughout which make for an engaging armchair read, in addition to a fun way to explore the city's iconic, diverse, hipster, historic, and grand neighborhoods"--
"The artist behind Seattle Walk Report is a self-taught cartoonist, illustrator, and designer. After discovering a love for exploring Seattle by foot, she anonymously started the Instagram comic series Seattle Walk Report in 2017. With her keen eye for Seattle's overlooked landmarks and everyday ephemera, she captures everything that makes the Emerald City magical"--
Publisher: Seattle, WA : Sasquatch Books, 2019
ISBN: 9781632172617
Branch Call Number: 917.97772 Se18S 2019
Characteristics: x, 165 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 20 cm


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Instagram sensation Seattle Walk Report uses her distinctive comic style and eagle eye to illustrate the charming and quirky people, places, and things that define Seattle's neighborhoods. (Sasquatch Books)

Instagram sensation Seattle Walk Report uses her distinctive comic style and eagle eye to illustrate the charming and quirky people, places, and things that define Seattle's neighborhoods. (Sasquatch Books)

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Dec 06, 2019

Delightful and informative!! A really neat treat for wanderers.

Oct 18, 2019

This book is nice if you live in the North part of Seattle,but it omits some of south east Seattle.Namely(and here I list them!)Judkins Park,Mt Baker,Columbia City and Hillman City(which is often mistaken as being part of the previous[sentence wise]neighborhood) which all considered part of the northern end of the Rainier valley.It even includes some historical Landmarks like the memorial to Seattle's first Baseball team(it's inside the "Lowe's" Hardware Store) and a church that is 100 years old as well as other interesting things.

Sep 10, 2019

I heard about this book on KUOW and was delighted to find it during a quick stop by the Ballard branch. Quirky, hilarious, and wholesomely heartfelt, Seattle Walk Report embraces every nook and cranny of the city, from the Aurora Elephant to the streetlight posts downtown. Truly a Seattleite must-read that may inspire some Seattle walks of your own.

Sep 09, 2019

I randomly stumbled across this book as a "Peak Pick" at SPL and I'm so glad I did. I ended up buying a copy, and so far I haven't found a single person who doesn't find something to like about it, from my 5-year-old niece to my 80-year-old former boss, who doesn't like anything (lol). The author's personality shines through on every page: It's funny, it's weird, it's more concerned with the overlooked and everyday sights than, say, the Space Needle. That's a good thing. It's the rare book that feels like it's for locals, by a local. You don't even need to like walking to enjoy this book. If you're looking for a more traditional guidebook, try "Walking Seattle" or "Seattle Walks". This one is in a category all its own. Thank you, SPL, for leading to discovery of cool new books by local authors.

Sep 08, 2019

This is not really a walking tour book (though there are maps of the different neighborhoods showing the route Susanna took). It is a hilarious, quirky book that inspires the reader to get out and walk, and LOOK around at all the fascinating things that are out there!

It is entirely illustrated with line drawings (which must have taken forever!), and it made me laugh out loud numerous times. The end papers are covered with drawings of dogs she met all over Seattle (and I totally agree that meeting dogs and their owners is one of the great pleasures of walking). Susanna draws herself dressed in a different outfit that is appropriate for each neighborhood.

She counts things in every neighborhood (from jaywalkers to people wearing construction vests). She loves little free libraries. She draws architectural remnants and beautiful terra cotta building details. She tells us that the Seattle Public Library Central Library has 9,994 pieces of glass. She introduces us to the “wonderful world of standpipes.” We get to vote on whether certain items are trash or guerilla art exhibits. There are a ton of different fire hydrant designs (who knew?) and some have stickers on them. There are drinking fountains and the Wedgwood rock. She visits the Pink Elephant Car Wash and the Aurora Elephant. She explains how to protect yourself from crow attacks in the Montlake area.

One of my favorite pages was “Eastside Horrors” including a house with a single car garage! And a City of Clyde Hill traffic cone in downtown Bellevue!

Her three tenets for walking success:

1. Be open to possibility.
2. Be safe.
3. Let go of any notion that there is a right way or a wrong way to take a walk.

All walks, whether they are five minutes of five miles, have the potential to be great experiences.

Aug 14, 2019

Wow, an absolute delight from start to finish.

Aug 14, 2019

Hilarious, weird, smart, and honestly, pretty inspiring. Makes me want to do some photography walks around the city!


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SnoIsleLib_JacquiT Jun 15, 2021

"This book is divided up into 16 parts, each one chronicling a walk I took through a different part of Seattle...Each section includes a map of the route I happened to walk on that particular day, but if this book inspires you to get out and explore Seattle's neighborhoods, you don't need to follow my path step-by-step. My hope is that you'll use this book as a jumping-off point to inspire adventures all your own and pursue whatever catches your eye.
Or, if you don't feel like going outside ever again, that's OK too. I'm not the boss of you." (p.x)


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