As writer, Marcus produced Randolph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing (Frances Foster, $24.99), the story of the British illustrator for whom the Caldecott Medal is named. This biographical account chronicles Caldecott’s journey from humble bank clerk to famous children’s book illustrator in a detailed and compelling style, with ample space devoted to an examination of the newly industrialized, Victorian society in which he lived. A multitude of full-color reproductions of Caldecott’s work combines with the text to make Marcus’s tome a worthy introduction to the “father of the modern picture book”. 11 and up. JLM
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ISBN: 9780374310257
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - August 27th, 2013

Children’s literature historian Leonard S. Marcus had a busy year. Aside from making two appearances at Politics & Prose, he released Maurice Sendak: A Celebration of the Artist and His Work (Abrams, $45), published in conjunction with an exhibition of the same name at the Society of Illustrators in New York. This collection, edited by Marcus, features never-before-seen work by the late Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are, In the Night Kitchen) as well as tributes from prominent children’s authors and illustrators. The richly illustrated pages capture both Sendak’s genius and the lasting influence he had on his colleagues. Ages 15 and up. JLM
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By Justin Schiller, Maurice Sendak (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781419708268
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - June 11th, 2013

Going into a museum full of famous paintings may seem intimidating to young visitors. Luckily, the National Gallery of Art has just published a book that shows the younger demographic that they, too, have An Eye for Art (Chicago Review, $19.95). This large, full-color volume is thoughtfully laid out into chapters on topics such as portraits, nature studies, and challenging tradition. Within each section, works from the National Gallery’s collection by prominent artists including Raphael, Georgia O’Keefe, Jacob Lawrence, and Dan Flavin are introduced with short artist biographies, questions about the work, and suggestions for activities relating to it. This book will spark creative young people’s desire to visit the National Gallery and see these masterpieces in person. Ages 11 to 15. JLM

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ISBN: 9781613748978
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Published: Chicago Review Press - September 1st, 2013