Snails & Monkey Tails by Michael Arndt

Reviewed by Melissa Beck (Library Staff)

Snails & Monkey Tails is a lively masterpiece of graphic design but I don’t think you need to be a design or language nerd like me to enjoy it. In clever layouts presented in bold red, black and white, Michael Arndt offers up history and fun facts for punctuation and symbols that we overlook every day. In some ways the topic is pretty niche (I noticed I didn’t have a whole lot of competition on the hold list for this brand new book) but in other ways it is so universal–everyone uses punctuation but most are not privy to how the symbols evolved into our current use of them. The downside to reading this book is that I am now quite disappointed in our culture for referring to “@” as the “at symbol” when we could be calling it a monkey’s tail (German), a little mouse (Taiwanese) or a cinnamon bun (Swedish).

Available through the Bridges Library System

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