This is one of those books that transport you to a simpler, more innocent world of fresh and wonderful trivia. Always calms me down without fail.
山东画报出版社, along with 广西师范大学出版社 and 河北教育出版社, is one of those no-name publishing houses that suddenly start to stand out and earn a reputation for quality books, just like 岳麓书社 in the 80s.
One wonders how this kind of changes come to reality: what happened? Leadership? Local government support?
But anyway, it allows a book-lover like myself to hold a work of evident asthetic devotion in my hands, and feel a sense of communication with a kindred soul. My usual cynicism about professional work aside, one imagine the maker of such books must really enjoy what he'she does; to quote Wordsworth, "there must be pleasure there......"