|Edition description:||1 ED|
|Product dimensions:||9.65(w) x 11.37(h) x 0.42(d)|
|Age Range:||6 Years|
About the Author
Jonathan London, who lives in Graton, California, prefers sandals to shoes, but he knows that nothing beats socks for dancing. When he's ready to put the extra slip in his slide, he kicks off his flip-flops and puts on some tube socks. When Jonathon isn't a sensation on the dance floor, he is a rage on the page with over forty books for children to his credit, including Froggy Gets Dressed, Hip Cat, Like Butter on Pancakes, and Puddles. He lives with his wife and two sons.
Todd taught illustration at the American Academy of Art from 1984 through 1987, and he continues to give workshops in illustration. His first children's book, The Stone Lion, by Alan Schroeder (Scribners), was published in 1994. Since then, he has illustrated books about such diverse subjects as the Sleeping Beauty ballet, a Native American powwow, and a fatherand-son fishing trip.
Whenever possible, Todd likes to get Firsthand reference for his paintings. He spent several days at the Nanticoke powwow, observing and taking photographs to create the paintings for Red Bird by Barbara Mitchell. Gathering materials for his most recent book, January Rides the Wind: A Book of Months by Charlotte F. Otten, was particularly fun for him. "I got to spend time, lots of time, with these great kids I know, including my sons, Reid and Jesse. And there's a special energya vitality-that seems to transfer to the art when you've witnessed the scene yourself. There's nothing like it!"
In His Own Words..."I was born in Chicago and grew up in the near north suburbs. I can't remember when I started drawing, but it was early. In fact, I won a drawing contest at the age of three. I don't remember what I drew (I was told later that it was Casper the Friendly Ghost and his family), but I do remember the first-place prize, which was a rocking horse.
"Growing up, my two loves were art and sports. So after deciding not to pursue a career as a professional baseball player, I decided to go to art college. The fact that I didn't receive any scholarships to play baseball hastened my decision. The art college of my choice was the American Academy of Art in Chicago. Under the guidance of some of the most talented artists in Chicago, I decided to become an Illustrator.
"After graduating in 1982, I obtained my first commission, a football illustration for a major monthly magazine. I have been working as an illustrator ever since."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I had great hopes for "Old Salt, Young Salt". The Bodega Bay setting and the fact that it was a picture book about fishing made it seem like a good bet for my "Agriculture of California" books. Besides, I enjoyed some of Jonathan London books that I have read in the past ("The Eyes of Gray Wolf" and "Hurricane") However, this book just didn't cut it for me. In the story, a boy and his (formerly in the navy) dad go out fishing. The boy gets sulky because the dad wouldn't let his son help carry the boat into the water. The dad barfs when the boat becomes too rocky because the two are trying to get away from a gray whale. After the boy catches a chinook salmon (once again with no help from the bumbling dad) the "Old Salt" allows the "Young Salt" to steer the boat into shore. The fact that the dad was seasick became the focal point of this story, not the act of fishing. The double-page pictures by Todd Doney were beautiful...realistic, large and very BLUE, just like the Pacific Ocean.