Show Me a Story!

Posted: April 15, 2013 in Illustrators
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Show Me a Story!  Why Picture Books Matter:  Conversations with 21 of the World's Most Celebrated Illustrators, compiled and edited by Leonard S. Marcus

Show Me a Story! Why Picture Books Matter: Conversations with 21 of the World’s Most Celebrated Illustrators, compiled and edited by Leonard S. Marcus

Read interviews conducted with some of your favorite children’s book illustrators in the recent Show Me a Story! Why Picture Books Matter: Conversations with 21 of the World’s Most Celebrated Illustrators, compiled and edited by Leonard S. Marcus. If you have read Marcus’ earlier Ways of Telling: Conversations on the Art of the Picture Book, you will recognize some of the interviews, such as interviews with Mitsumasa Anno, Robert McCloskey, Helen Oxenbury, Jerry Pinkney, and Rosemary Wells, among others (not all of the interviews from Ways of Telling have been included in Show Me a Story!). New interviews include Lois Ehlert, Yumi Heo, Chris Raschka, Peter Sís, Mo Williams, Lizbeth Zwerger, among others. Some of the previously published interviews have been updated, and there may be some slight edits in the previously-published interviews. Special features include bibliographies of the illustrators’ books, and a section of color plates in the center of the book.
Marcus is an established researcher and writer in the field of children’s literature, and the interviews in Show Me a Story! provide insight into the lives and artistic perspectives of the subjects, in their own voices. Each interview is unique; for example in the interview with Peter Sís, one learns of his early life in the former Czechoslovakia and how his art was encouraged by his family, to how he began illustrating books for children, discussion of symbols and fantasy structures in his pictures, and insight into his work with his editor, the remarkable Frances Foster.
Marcus has written several books about authors, illustrators, and topics in children’s literature, but I first became a fan of his work when I read Margaret Wise Brown: Awakened by the Moon. Not only is this book an intriguing biography of one of the creators of classic children’s books, it is also a primer in the history of children’s literature during Margaret Wise Brown’s lifetime. The book is currently out of print, but searching for it will be worth the effort.

Margaret Wise Brown:  Awakened by the Moon, by Leonard S. Marcus

Margaret Wise Brown: Awakened by the Moon, by Leonard S. Marcus

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