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Lincoln Shot: A President's Life Rememberedby Barry Denenberg
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Lincoln Shot So begins this intimate portrait of Abraham Lincoln. Conceived as a one year anniversary edition of a newspaper, dated April 14, 1866, strongly evocative of the time and the nations mood. The moment-by-moment recital of the events of the day that ended in assassination holds readers enthralled awaiting the tragic end. The account of the flight, capture, and hanging of some of the conspirators is riveting.
From there, Denenberg moves to the log cabin in Kentucky and Lincolns life unfolds. The boy, the man, the husband and the father is portrayed as a trifle clumsy, often unsure of himself, and plagued by dark moods. Denenbergs Lincoln is ambitious and modest. He struggles with his role as leader as the Civil War nears.
In the third part of the book, the year-by-year account of the Civil War is seen through Lincolns eyes. Every defeat and every victory deepens his struggle and resolve.
Award-winning artist Christopher Bing evokes an 1866 newspaper with pen-and-ink scenes from Lincolns life: Lincoln wrestling Jack Armstrong, Lincoln taking vows with Mary Todd, Grant and Lee at Appomattox, and Booth shooting Lincoln.
Rich Deas, book designer, has folded Bings art and sourced archival images into layouts that are undistinguishable for 1866 newspaper design. Every facet of design, from frames to advertisements, has been exactingly molded to evoke the era.
The oversized vertical trim underscores the newspaper look and feel. Meticulously researched and exquisitely designed, Lincoln Shot is a uniquely inviting and accessible tribute to Lincoln, whose birth bicentennial is February 12, 2009.
This oversized book, extra-tall and trim like Lincoln, is presented as a newspaper's commemorative edition on the first anniversary of his assassination. It's a novel idea, well-executed with a mixture of archival materials, meticulous period-style illustrations by Christopher Bing and a sprinkling of would-be advertising. Like Fleming's book, it contains an engaging narrative about Lincoln's childhood,... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review) his unlikely rise to the presidency, and his conduct of the Civil War, but it's a less intimate, more heroic version of history. Abby McGanney Nolan frequently reviews children's books for The Washington Post Book World. Reviewed by Abby McGanney Nolan, Washington Post Book World (Copyright 2006 Washington Post Book World Service/Washington Post Writers Group)
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Noted childrens book biographer Barry Denenberg, award-winning illustrator Christopher Bing, and book designer Rich Deas collaborate on an intimate portrait of Abraham Lincoln. This arresting combination of Bings award-wining illustrations, plus archival photography and period typefaces and design is presented as a 19th century newspaper memorial edition.
Conceived as a one-year anniversary newspaper edition of Lincoln's assassination, this brilliant, beautiful, and bold biographical portrait of Abraham Lincoln mimics 19th-century newsprint, combining pen and ink drawings with archival photography, and period typography with articles surveying Lincoln's life.
About the Author
Barry Denenbergs biographies have garnered excellent reviews. He won a Jefferson Cup Honor Award for When Will This Cruel War Be Over?: The Civil War Diary of Emma Simpson (Dear America, 1996). The Jefferson Cup is awarded by the Virginia Library Associations Childrens and Young Adult Round Table. It honors a distinguished biography, historical fiction or American history book for young people. Mr. Denenberg lives in New York state.
Christopher Bing won a 2001 Caldecott Honor Award for Casey at the Bat, the classic 1888 poem. The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere was called “an impressive volume” (PW). In a starred review, Booklist termed it “a remarkable visual interpretation of Longfellows classic poem.” Mr. Bing lives in Massachusetts.
Rich Deas is an Art Director, designer, and illustrator with a strong focus on book design. He has created hundreds of book covers. Mr. Deas lives in New Jersey.
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