Review of Randolph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing

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Randolph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing by Leonard S. Marcus Foster/Farrar     64 pp. 8/13     978-0-374-31025-7     $24.99 Randolph Caldecott (1846–1886) is especially known for his ability to make his subjects “jump off the page,” and Marcus is able to do the same for his subject here. With wit and fluency, he tells how […]

Review of My Brother’s Book

My Brother's Book

My Brother’s Book by Maurice Sendak; 
illus. by the author di Capua/HarperCollins    32 pp. 2/13    978-0-06-223489-6    $18.95    g If, as Wordsworth wrote, “poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquillity,” Sendak’s vision of a Dante-esque search for his beloved brother Jack (1924–1995) is poetry in both […]

Review of A Caldecott Celebration: Six Artists and Their Paths to the Caldecott Medal

Caldecott Celebration

Review of A Caldecott Celebration: Six Artists and Their Paths to the Caldecott Medal by Leonard Marcus. From the November/December 1998 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

Review of Show Me a Story: Why Picture Books Matter

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Show Me a Story!: Why Picture Books Matter: 
Conversations with 21 of the World’s Most Celebrated Illustrators compiled and edited 
by Leonard S. Marcus Middle School, High School, Of Interest to Adults    Candlewick    310 pp. 4/12    978-0-7636-3506-0    $22.99 “For a story’s text to work, it needs to be incomprehensible. Otherwise you wouldn’t need the pictures,” […]

Review of The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth

The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth

The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster; illus. by Jules Feiffer; annotated by Leonard S. Marcus Knopf    284 pp. 10/11   978-0-375-85715-7   $29.99 Library ed. 978-0-375-95715-4   $32.99 If ever there were a twentieth-century children’s book that deserved an annotated edition, it’s Juster and Feiffer’s masterpiece, first published fifty years ago. Filled with […]