Delicious: The Art and Life of Wayne Thiebaud

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One of the giants of American art, Wayne Thiebaud was at first unappreciated because of the everyday subject matter of his paintings. His tasty hot dogs, delectable cakes, dizzy streets, and sleepy deltas have since become icons of twentieth century art. Now young readers have the chance to explore the development of a fascinating artist while delighting in the very child-friendly art that has made him so acclaimed. With her deft touch, critically-acclaimed non-fiction author Susan Rubin tells the story of the ...
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One of the giants of American art, Wayne Thiebaud was at first unappreciated because of the everyday subject matter of his paintings. His tasty hot dogs, delectable cakes, dizzy streets, and sleepy deltas have since become icons of twentieth century art. Now young readers have the chance to explore the development of a fascinating artist while delighting in the very child-friendly art that has made him so acclaimed. With her deft touch, critically-acclaimed non-fiction author Susan Rubin tells the story of the man behind the masterpieces.
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KIRKUS REVIEWS, STARRED REVIEW
Delicious indeed.

THE NEW YORK TIMES
The writing in Delicious is untroubled and straightforward .There is no struggle in it at all. The story goes steadily from subject to verb, rung to rung, up the ladder of life and good fortune.

THE BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN S BOOKS
this is a visually enticing and browsable volume that manages to tempt if not satisfy the artistic appetite.

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, STARRED REVIEW
A must-purchase for collections.

Children's Literature
AGERANGE: Ages 10 to 14.

Wayne Thiebaud (1920-) is that guy who paints cupcakes and gumball machines, remember? He also paints slices of pie, and thought-provoking landscapes and figures. No, he is not a Pop artist like Andy Warhol. He is his own man, a realist painter with abstract overtones. Susan Goldman Rubin makes all of this perfectly clear in her very readable biography of Thiebaud. She takes him from his birth in Arizona to childhood on a ranch in Utah, to California's Sacramento Valley where the artist still finds inspiration in the river-edged farmland vistas. Along the way the reader gets to watch the methodical Thiebaud cartoon, draw, then paint his way into major museum collections of contemporary art. Kudos go to the book's design team. The whole thing is like an ice cream sundae--as bright, colorful, and alive as Wayne Thiebaud's work. This is an excellent choice for both middle and upper school libraries and art departments. Reviewer: Kathleen Karr

School Library Journal

Gr 5-8- This tribute to a contemporary American artist reveals the influences behind the man and his work. Rubin's admiration for her subject is evident in an introductory note in which she describes meeting and interviewing him. Thiebaud is often referred to as a Pop artist and compared to Andy Warhol. He rejects that label, preferring to place his artwork within the realistic tradition. His choice of everyday subjects is driven by a desire to paint things that "have been overlooked." The how and why of his work is meticulously revealed as readers learn about his childhood, his artistic training and background, and his struggle to find his style and to gain an audience. Each of these aspects of his life is presented as the raw material for his art. Thiebaud's personal life and family members are mentioned, but only in relation to his life as an artist. Reproductions have been chosen to illustrate each chapter's main topic. Readers will find Thiebaud's brightly colored images of desserts, toys, and everyday objects accessible and even inspirational. Several photos of the artist both as a child and as an adult at his easel, as well as a self-portrait, are included. The book's design is a work of art. From the colorful striped endpapers to the muted solid background on every page, each component supports the artist and his work. A must-purchase for collections.-Carol S. Surges, McKinley Elementary School, Wauwatosa, WI

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Kirkus Reviews
Rubin introduces the contemporary artist-now in his 80s-in an engaging biography for middle-grade readers. While she writes about Thiebaud's life-growing up in California and Utah, cartooning, serving in World War II and teaching-she seamlessly integrates into the narrative how Thiebaud saw, how he looked at things like hamburgers, cakes, eyeglasses and shoes. He painted them in thick, luscious colors, exploring their geometry, their shadows and the way they occupy space. The design of the volume is brilliant, allowing for a full-page illustration on nearly every spread; laying white type over colored pages in the candy hues Thiebaud favors; and lacing it with quotes from the artist himself. A lively biography that also models quite lucidly how an artist thinks about art, and how he or she might go about making it. Delicious indeed. (bibliography, index) (Biography. 9-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811851688
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 12/13/2007
  • Pages: 104
  • Sales rank: 349,013
  • Age range: 9 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 890L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.87 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Goldman Rubin is the author of several successful art books, including The Yellow House: Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin Side by Side and Degas and the Dance: The Painter and the Petits Rats Perfecting Their Art. She lives in Southern California, where she writes and teaches writing.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2009

    Sweet Book!

    This was an interesting and fun read for me and great to share as a read-aloud with my art students (grades 2-5) Lovely illustrations and great quotes.

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  • Posted December 5, 2008

    more from this reviewer

    "Delicious!"

    Wayne Thiebaud, the highly known painter and cartoonist, shares his life¿s work with Author Susan Goldman Rubin so that she may put it in book form. From his childhood to his adulthood to his sons and daughter¿s childhood, Wayne discusses how painting changed his life¿ in more ways than one. His passion for desserts and snack food inspired him to paint his first pictures. As he slowly go into it, he started to draw landscapes and then cityscapes. Wayne shares all the ways he grew as a painter and how different drawing techniques illustrate every picture in it¿s own way.<BR/><BR/>The reason why I first picked this up at the library is because it looks awesome. Really, the cover and the how the pages are done really stands out. Once I got into, though, it wasn¿t just about the pictures and the format, I wanted to see what happened in Wayne¿s life. It¿s told simply but thoroughly. It¿s long but put in short. The paintings that are shown in this book are wonderful and each as it¿s own taste, even though they were drawn by the same person. Wayne¿s paintings are unique and ¿delicious¿.

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