B is for Bangkok
Written by Janet Brown
Illustrations by Likit Q Kittisakdinan
If you lived in Bangkok, would you—
- Ride on a boat to get to school?
- Learn to dance with your fingers bending like melting chocolate bars?
- Eat your breakfast on the street?
- Bring garlands of flowers to your spirit house?
- Snack on luscious, spiky, stinky durian?
A day in the life of one of the world’s most magical places unfolds in paintings drenched in the color and nonstop motion of Thailand’s capital city. From a monk’s morning blessing to the scurry of geckos at night, from splendid temples to traditional canal houses, from glittering royal barges that bring history to life to trains speeding past buildings that soar skyward, B is for Bangkok reveals the kaleidoscopic facets of a city that makes every day an adventure for the children who live there—or dream of living there.
Janet Brown has always lived on the Pacific Rim: in Alaska, Seattle, and Thailand. A bookseller for twenty years, she was until recently travel buyer at the Elliott Bay Book Company, that literary oasis that makes Seattle livable.
Janet took an extended cigarette break between 1995 and 2001 to teach English in Bangkok. She is now back in Seattle, reinventing her life and planning a permanent return to that city that she loves best in the world, despite her continuing battle with the Thai language (which up to this point is the clear-cut winner).
Likit Q Kittisakdinan
Artist, photographer and architect Likit Q Kittisakdinan was born and raised in Bangkok and loves to share his city with people who long to know it as he does. Educated at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design with a master degree in architecture, Q has lived and worked in New York, San Francisco, and Boston. An enthusiastic traveler, Q eagerly explores different corners of the world but he’s always hungry to return to his home in downtown Bangkok, where he’s a regular customer at the best food stalls and the finest restaurants in the city.
2011, 6 1/2 x 10 inches; 48 pages; hardcover; color images