Randolph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing

Leonard S. Marcus

Frances Foster Books

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Randolph Caldecott is best known as the namesake of the award that honors picture book illustrations, and in this inventive biography, leading children’s literature scholar Leonard Marcus examines the man behind the medal. In an era when the steam engine fueled an industrial revolution and train travel exploded people’s experience of space and time, Caldecott was inspired by his surroundings to capture action, movement, and speed in a way that had never before been seen in children’s picture books. Thoroughly researched and featuring extensive archival material and a treasure trove of previously unpublished drawings, including some from Caldecott’s very last sketchbook, Leonard Marcus’s luminous biography shows why Caldecott was indeed the father of the modern picture book and how his influence lives on in the books we love today.

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"Marcus’s thorough attention to detail, sober writing, and social conscience all contribute to an exemplary juvenile biography. A handful of illustrations enliven every spread, revealing the artist’s gift for capturing action in a few swift lines." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
 

"This beautifully designed and illustrated large-format volume is a worthy tribute to the man who remains a giant in the world of children’s literature." -- Booklist, starred review

 

"It will be a delight for picture-book enthusiasts and a provocative introduction for those who want the backstory of the man behind the medal." -- School Library Journal, starred review

"Randolph Caldecott and Edmund Evans themselves would be pleased." - Horn Book, starred review


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Leonard S. Marcus

Leonard S. Marcus is one of the world’s leading writers about children’s books and the people who create them. His own award-winning books include Listening for Madeleine: A Portrait of Madeleine L'Engle in Many Voices; Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom; Minders of Make Believe; and The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. 

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Randolph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing
Leonard S. Marcus

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CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI)

Hardcover

Hardcover
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Frances Foster Books
August 2013
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780374310257
ISBN10: 0374310254
Picture Book Nonfiction
9 x 12 inches, 64 pages, Full color throughout
Age Range: 10 to 14
Grade Range: 5 to 9
$24.99

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Frances Foster Books
August 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466852907
ISBN10: 1466852909
64 pages, Full color throughout
Age Range: 10 to 14
Grade Range: 5 to 9
$11.99
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