Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Book Review: The Word Made Flesh

Literary tattoos absolutely fascinate me - I am secretly very tempted to get a book-related tattoo.  Don't worry it's not actually going to happen.  I'm way too scared of needles and saggy old lady skin to get inked.  But I can now live vicariously through this awesome book!  The Word Made Flesh is a compilation of book/author/writing/publishing/librarianship tattoos along with the stories behind the tattoos and why each person chose to get one.  They range from the highbrow (Whitman, cummings, etc) to the more...popular (a Twilight sleeve).  My favorite were the library-related tattoos (dewey decimal number for poetry) and the ones relating to children's books.  My favorite story was about a woman who met Eric Carle at an event and had him draw the Very Hungry Caterpillar on her arm in sharpie.  Then she ran to the tattoo shop and got it permanently inked!  How awesome to have an original Eric Carle illustration on your arm?? 

I can't recommend this book enough.  It was hilarious and charming and perfect for book lovers!  Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy ASAP.  And a HUGE thank you to HarperCollins for sending the book.  It made my day!


  1. I am so happy to read a review of this one! I have it on my Christmas wishlist. I may very well get a literary tattoo some day.

  2. I'm not a fan of tattoos, but I want to read this!

  3. I just got this one in the mail, and I'm even more excited to read if after reading your review! I'm not sure if I'll ever get a tattoo, but if I do it will be literary.

  4. Oh lucky you! I'd love to have this. It's fun seeing literary tattoos. If I ever got a tattoo, I'd get one related to a book...but I'm too scared of needles and all that stuff as well!!


  5. Oh, I love it. I might have to add it to my xmas/birthday list!

    I have 3 tattoos and plan on having 5. And a literary one would be fun!