Monsieur Marceau

Actor Without Words

Leda Schubert; illustrated by Gérard DuBois

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Marcel Marceau, the world's most famous mime, enthralled audiences around the world for more than fifty years. When he waved his hand or lifted his eyebrow he was able to speak volumes without ever saying a word. But few know the story of the man behind those gestures . . .
Distinguished author Leda Schubert and award-winning artist Gerard DuBois bring their own artistry to this gorgeously written and illustrated picture book biography.
Monsieur Marceau is a Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book of 2012


Praise for Monsieur Marceau

“…readers…will find plenty to admire in this picture book biography.”--Booklist, starred

"An exceptional life; a stunning achievement.”--Kirkus, starred

 "A noteworthy choice for all collections.”--School Library Journal, starred

"has so much...passion" —Horn Book


“Schubert gives depth and compassion to a performer whose art might otherwise be mistaken for clowning.” —Publishers Weekly

 "If young readers missed the opportunity to meet world-renowned mime Marcel Marceau in Gloria Spielman’s picture-book biography (Marcel Marceau, BCCB 10/11), here is a second chance." - BCCB

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MONSIEUR MARCEAU by Leda Schubert, Gérard DuBois | Kirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of MONSIEUR MARCEAU Actor Without Words. Audiences thrilled to his mesmerizing performances, in which he spoke through his expressive body without uttering a single word.
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  • Leda Schubert; illustrated by Gérard DuBois

  • Leda Schubert teaches at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is the author of the Roaring Brook Press titles The Princess of Borscht and Ballet of the Elephants. She lives in Plainfield, Vermont, with her husband and two dogs. www.ledaschubert.com.

    Gerard DuBois is a four-time Society of Illustrators Gold Medal winner whose work has appeared in such publications as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, The New Yorker, and in many books for both children and adults. He lives in Montreal with his wife and two children.
  • Leda Schubert


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Monsieur Marceau

Actor Without Words

Leda Schubert; illustrated by Gérard DuBois

Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, Orbis Pictus, Vermont Red Clover Children's Choice Award Master List, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), IRA Notable Books for a Global Society, Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List, OH Norman Sugarman Book Award WINNER


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