Randolph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-05-02 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 3 user ratings

" Dry long text. Good thing there are lots of pictures by RC, and enough others to supplement a reader's understanding of context (life & times). And, good thing that RC was an interesting person. Damn shame he died so young.Now I want to read all those books he illustrated... even though I know most of them are dated & lame.... " said.

" An outstanding biography of Randolph Caldecott, father of modern illustrated children's books. I particularly enjoyed looking at Caldecott's illustrations, which appear on almost every page. A remarkable work of scholarship that may interest adults who revere children's literature or seek more information about its history. " said.

" This was a very thorough biography of Caldecott. The illustrations were predominately all his actual sketches and originals. That being said, it made it more like a trip to a special exhibit at the art museum and less like a child's entertainment. I plan to use it as a resource to prepare a Mock Caldecott unit with the primary grades. It will take a very unique (maybe one of my GT) child to wade through this otherwise. " said.

"I knew a little about the man who inspired the Caldecott Medal award, and I thoroughly enjoyed learning his life story and his impact on children's books. Caldecott's art shown throughout the book and his talent and whimsy are evident in each illustration. It was fun to learn that Beatrix Potter was inspired by one of Caldecott's paintings that her father purchased.

Randolph Caldecott followed his dream of becoming an artist and set the stage for creative, innovative books for children. I look forward to reading more by Leonard Marcus, a champion of children's books and their authors.
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" A biography of the man for whom the Caldecott award for distinguished children's picture books is named. The author excels at introducing readers to the time period in which Caldecott lived and worked. I really appreciated the numerous examples of his artwork and I especially liked how they were worked into the text chronologically so readers could really get a sense for his evolution as an artist.I'm excited to recommend this title when biography report season rolls around again! Grades 5-8. " said.

"Have you heard of the Caldecott medal awarded to children's book artists? This award is named after Randolph Caldecott and so when I saw this children's book biography of Caldecott at the library, I immediately grabbed it. What an interesting fellow who died really young. Born in England, suffered from Rheumatic fever as a child, educated until 14 and then went to work as a banker. He really loved to draw and his dream was to never work and draw all day. He accomplished his dream. Many of his drawings from various sketchbooks are located in this book as well as artwork from his children's book." said.

"A smoothly written biography of a pioneering illustrator of children's books, the man for whom the Caldecott Medal is named, graced with many of Caldecott's own illustrations and sketches. Marcus makes clear the many ways in which Caldecott changed the world of children's literature illustration, from varying the size and mode of illustration (full-color and sketches) on a page or in a volume, to using the layout to indicate the passage of time, to telling a separate story in his picture, to clothing animals. He pioneered the idea of royalties. This is presented in picture-book dimensions. The audience is probably supposed to be older children and teens, but I was fascinated. " said.

"Handsomely packaged profile of a man who was evidently as engaging personally as his art is visually. I'm not sure about audience for this--it seems to me a bit long for younger or middle grade children, yet devotes somewhat less attention (and definitely less pictorial space) to his magazine work than to his children's book illustrations. Still, as usual the author is thorough in his research, lucid in his explication, savvy in his critical commentary and always looking for connections. Also, I did like seeing all the vignettes from unpublished sketchbooks. A fine introduction to the man and his art." said.

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