The Amazing Collection of Joey Cornell: Based on the Childhood of a Great American Artist

By FLEMING, Candace

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ISBN
9780399552380
Publisher
Random Schwartz & Wade


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on January 1, 2018  |  Picture Books

Gr 2–5—A brief glimpse into the early life and first artistic stirrings of a great American artist. In the Author's Note, Fleming explains that Joseph Cornell, known for his found art and collage shadow boxes, began collecting objects and ephemera as a young child—and never stopped. For Cornell, the emotional resonance and meaning behind his arrangement of odd and ends was most apparent to children, who could more easily tap into their imaginative powers. Indeed, Fleming includes this quote from the artist in her note: "The question is not what you look at, but what you see." The book, however, does not spe...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on February 1, 2018

Though Joseph Cornell (1903-1972) "never had an art lesson," as Fleming quotes in her opening author's note, he became a celebrated artist renowned for shadow boxes of carefully curated and assembled objects. In this picture-book biography, Fleming focuses on his childhood, when young Joey "collected -- / everything... / anything... / that sparked his imagination or delighted his eye." The text enumerates examples of Joey's treasures ("a silver charm," "odd-shaped pebbles," "sheet music to long-forgotten songs") and circles back to the same response every ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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