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Mordicai Gerstein Talks with Roger

Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Sponsored by Henri Rousseau’s masterpiece The Sleeping Gypsy provides Caldecott and Boston Globe–Horn Book winner Mordicai Gerstein (for The Man Who Walked Between the Towers) with a question: just what is that […]

Review of The Sleeping Gypsy

The Sleeping Gypsy by Mordicai Gerstein; illus. by the author Primary    Holiday    32 pp. 10/16    978-0-8234-2142-8    $16.95 e-book ed.  978-0-8234-3742-9    $16.95 Many of Henri Rousseau’s paintings appear to be telling a story, particularly The Sleeping Gypsy, which shows a woman sleeping on the desert sand with a mandolin on one side of her body and, […]

Five questions for Mordicai Gerstein

Ancient Greece wasn’t always so ancient, and sometimes gods just wanna have fun. Using cartoon panels, child-friendly dialogue, and copious humor, Mordicai Gerstein’s I Am Pan! (Roaring Brook, 4–8 years) gives us a first-person, picture-book Pan whose big personality can’t be contained: “Arcadia, here I come!” 1. Your appended bibliography is pretty dense stuff! How […]

The Night World

There’s a lot to like about The Night World, from Caldecott medalist Mordicai Gerstein. Unlike your esteemed leaders here at Calling Caldecott, I’ve never been on the Caldecott committee, but if I were, this book would be in my serious-consideration stack. Let’s start with the dust jacket. It welcomes readers with a window, as a […]

2004 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Picture Book: The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein

I am privileged to stand here and talk to you because I told a story. It wasn’t even an original or made-up story. I found it in a newspaper and it amazed me. Reading it made the soles of my feet tingle. The story made me happy and it made me feel that being human […]

Mordicai Gerstein Caldecott profile July/August 2004

By Elizabeth Gordon On the wall near my desk is a small framed pen-and-ink drawing of a boy, arms (or should I say wings?) outstretched, tousled head of feathers, surrounded by a paddling of helpful ducks. It is from Arnold of the Ducks, and in many ways it symbolizes for me the very essence of […]

Who the Wild Things Are: The Feral Child in Fiction

by Mordicai Gerstein Stories about feral children have always fascinated me. As a child, I read what I could find, and as an adult I found myself writing them. For me, part of the purpose of writing is to find out why a subject intrigues me. Why the feral child? I first encountered him when […]

Reviews of The Wild Boy and Victor

Mordicai Gerstein The Wild Boy: Based on the True Story of the Wild Boy of Aveyron; illus. by the author 40 pp. Foster/Farrar 9/98 ISBN 0-374-38431-2 16.00 (Younger) Mordicai Gerstein Victor: A Novel Based on the Life of the Savage of Aveyron 258 pp. Foster/Farrar 9/98 ISBN 0-374-38142-9 17.00 g (Older) In a brief introduction […]