Synopses & Reviews
Our families help shape who we are--what we look like, what we like to eat, even what our strengths and abilities are. So when a parent is a renowned children's book author or illustrator, creative ability may be part of an amazing legacy.
Leonard S. Marcus introduces readers to five best-selling and award-winning families with talent that spans the generations. By opening up these family albums--sharing personal memories, scrapbooks, book dummies, model shots, and final art, Marcus chronicles the way books come into being, the way artists are nurtured and grown, and the way where we come from influences who and what we become.
Includes in depth interviews and extensive histories of five famous multi-generational families of children's book creators:
Jerry Pinkney and his son Brian Pinkney, Anne and Harlow Rockwell and their daughter Lizzy, Donald Crews and Ann Jonas, and their daughter Nina Crews, Walter Dean Myers and his son Christopher Myers, Edith and Clement Hurd and their son Thacher Hurd.
From Kirkus Reviews*Starred Review* Written in an engaging style with clarity and immediacy, this doubles as an accessible primer on the art of penning and visualizing picture books. Filled with intriguing tidbits, this is an outstanding work about the connections between parents and children, editors and artists and readers and writers.--Kirkus Reviews From Horn Book[T]he writing level is perfectly in keeping with elementary-school children, and the style is chatty and anecdotal. --Horn Book, Jan/Feb issue
Introduces readers to five best-selling and award-winning families with a vast array of writing talents that span generations by looking through their family albums--all of which illustrate how a book evolves.
About the Author
LEONARD S. MARCUS is one of the children's book world's most respected and versatile writers, historians, and critics, and has been a contributor and editor for numerous publications. Most recently, Leonard has been named the literary director of Night Kitchen Radio Theater for the Kennedy Center in Washington, D. C. He holds degrees in history from Yale and poetry from the University of Iowa Graduate Writers' Workshop. He and his wife, the picture-book artist Amy Schwartz, live with their son Jacob in Brooklyn, New York.