Thomas Nast: Cartoonist and Illustrator

Thomas Nast: Cartoonist and Illustrator

by David Shirley

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 6 UpShirley introduces readers to the 19th-century illustrator and political cartoonist who created the images of Uncle Sam, the Republican elephant and the Democratic donkey, and popularized our current image of Santa Claus. The book deals chronologically with the major periods and issues of Nast's life through chapters that explain both the climate of the times and the man's influence on them, including the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Boss Tweed Ring, and various presidential elections. Chapters are further broken up by subheadings that summarize each section. While Shirley generally deals clearly and competently with his subject matter, there are some omissions. He makes it clear that cartoons in general and Nast's in particular were extremely influential in 19th-century news, but doesn't fully explain why. The writing style is straightforward, but not exciting. The author concentrates almost exclusively on Nast's professional life, leaving out potentially interesting, personal details. The biggest problem, ironically, is that there aren't enough pictures. Several of Nast's key works are described but not shown, and sometimes a description is juxtaposed with a completely different illustration. Overall, a marginal purchase.July Siebecker, Hubbard Memorial Library, MA

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Scholastic Library Publishing
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Book Report Biographies Series
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.56(d)
1200L (what's this?)
Age Range:
11 - 13 Years

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