School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 7 Up-Short, stilted sentences string together a battery of quotes from such contemporaries as William Clough, Walter Crane, and Edmund Evans to document the life of this pioneer in children's picture-book illustration. While Hegel seems to have tremendous respect for her subject, her rendition of his life, early childhood, employment in a bank, marriage, and health issues is dull and dry. The most interesting chapter is "The Picture Books," which recounts the development of the 16 works that became the hallmark of children's book illustration. The author explains technique, collaboration, and Caldecott's reasoning for his style and choice of design. In addition, she relates that by his bold insistence on a penny per book sold, he was perhaps the first person to collect royalties. The book is illustrated throughout with small, average-quality reproductions of his work. A time line, a selected list of Caldecott's works, a list of Caldecott Medal Books through 2003, and information on the medal's criteria and committee are included. -Rita Soltan, Oakland University, Rochester, MI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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