Randolph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing

By MARCUS, Leonard S.

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ISBN
978-0-374-31025-7
Publisher
Farrar Frances Foster


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School Library Journal

Starred Review on October 1, 2013  |  Grades 5 and Up

Gr 6 Up—Marcus has sifted through a variety of archival collections to find fresh material by and about the celebrated 19th-century British illustrator. Opening with an arresting self-portrait, the volume chronicles Caldecott's birth, rise in British social circles, travels, publications, marriage, and untimely death. The book is handsomely designed with a jacket bordered in the burnt sienna favored by Caldecott. Endpapers are decorated with cameos; thick, cream-colored paper lends richness. Marcus skillfully places his subject in historical context, weaving in su...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on August 1, 2013

Randolph Caldecott (1846–1886) is especially known for his ability to make his subjects “jump off the page,” and Marcus is able to do the same for his subject here. With wit and fluency, he tells how a sickly English child who liked to doodle on the margins of his school books escaped an uninspired life as a bank clerk to become a celebrated artist. Caldecott enjoyed early success with his illustrations in newspapers and magazines, such as Punch and Graphic; in travel books; and in two collections of Washington Irving’s tales. His work caught the eye of printer Edmund Evans,...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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