Robert McCloskey

Robert McCloskey

by Jill Wheeler

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This title is part of the "Children's Authors" series which follows the author from childhood, through the stages of early career struggles and successes, to later life. Lists of major works are included, and lots of short anecdotes and photographs are used to add interest. Each book has a glossary of new words, references to interesting websites, and an easy-to-use index. The sentences and paragraphs are short, and the prose is straightforward, making it ideal for early readers of nonfiction. Robert McCloskey is most well known for his book, Make Way for Ducklings, which won the Caldecott Award in 1942, and the book takes considerable time detailing the creation of that work. Wheeler also shows McCloskey's many interests from playing the harmonica to soap-carving, and discusses his life and career in some depth. The emphasis on awards and jobs may be a bit tedious for younger readers because they are so abstract, but the inclusion of many photographs helps to make McCloskey's life and work more concrete. This book would be very useful in the classroom for teaching research and writing skills or for introducing children to the man behind Make Way for Ducklings. 2005, ABDO Publishing Company, Ages 7 to 10.
—Sheryl O'Sullivan
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Wheeler documents each artist's life, education, training, and career in brief, well-written texts enhanced by photos of the artist at work and at play. She also comments on the formal elements of art evident in each man's work. Van Allsburg, a sculptor early in his career, uses the element of composition, the arrangement of shapes, lines, and forms, to create his somewhat mysterious and unforgettable illustrations. Williams used line to define the illustration in all of his books from the "Little House" series to Stuart Little. McCloskey used tone, or the depth of color to make his illustrations such favorites of children. These introductions to three superlative illustrators will interest both young readers and budding artists.-Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ABDO Publishing
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Children's Illustrators
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
5 - 11 Years

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