Monsieur Marceau

Actor Without Words

By Schubert, Leda

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ISBN
978-1-59643-352-2
Publisher
Roaring Brook/Neal Porter


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on August 1, 2012  |  Nonfiction

Gr 1-3–It is fitting that this superb picture-book biography is short on words and long on visuals. The spare text marvelously captures the essence of the artist, depicting a man whose choice to be silent was born of an awareness of the damages of war. Born in 1923 to a musical family who lived near the French/German border, Marceau idolized Charlie Chaplin and began emulating him at a young ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on September 1, 2012

The childlike humor of Marcel Marceau’s white-faced alter-ego, Bip, naturally appeals to many young children, making the famous mime a good subject for a picture-book biography for the very young. And Schubert knows just how to write for this audience ("Look at this man. He climbs imaginary stairs. He bows to an invisible person. He tames a lion no one can see. He plays a violin that isn’t there"). Her simple declarative sentences artfully capture the...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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