Robert Chaplin

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Robert Chaplin (born January 17, 1968 in Smithers, British Columbia) is a Canadian artist and publisher, currently based in Vancouver. His practice includes carving gem stones, making sculptures, drawing pictures, writing stories, and publishing books. He holds the Guinness World Record for publishing the world's smallest book.[1][2]

He studied Fine Art at the University of Victoria, and was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2004.[3]

His obsidian carving representing the North Wind was awarded third place in the Objects of Art category of the 2002 AGTA Cutting Edge Awards.[4]

In 2010 his book Brussels Sprouts & Unicorns was awarded first place in the Alcuin Awards for "excellence in book design in Canada".[5] In 2006 his book Ten Counting Cat was awarded second place in the Alcuin Awards.[6] Teeny Ted from Turnip Town (2007), created in association with nanoscientists at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, and written by Malcolm Chaplin, is the world's smallest book, at 69 x 97 micrometres square.[7] Chaplin's other books include Alien Alphabet (1994),The Matchbook-a fireside fable,[8] Ten Counting Cat, The Elephant Book,[9] Delicious Chicken Soup, and Brussels Sprouts & Unicorns.


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