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Randolph Caldecott - a book by Marcus, Leonard S.

Randolph Caldecott

The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing

Randolph Caldecott( )
Author: Marcus, Leonard S.
Illustrator: Caldecott, Randolph
ISBN:978-0-374-31025-7
Publication Date:Aug 2013
Publisher:Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Imprint:Farrar, Straus & Giroux (BYR)
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $24.99
Book Description:

Randolph Caldecott is best known as the namesake of the award that honors picture book illustrations, and in this inventive biography, leading children’s literature scholar Leonard Marcus examines the man behind the medal. In an era when the steam engine fueled an industrial revolution and train travel exploded people’s experience of space and time, Caldecott was inspired by his surroundings to capture action, movement, and speed in a way that had never before been...
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Book Details
Pages:64
Detailed Subjects: Juvenile Nonfiction / History / Europe
Juvenile Nonfiction / People & Places / Europe
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):9.26 x 12 x 0.33 Inches
Book Weight:1.518 Pounds
Author Biography
Marcus, Leonard S. (Author)
Heralded as the greatest artist of the triumvirate of modern illustrators that included Greenaway and Crane, Randolph Caldecott is highly praised for introducing techniques of animation into picture book art and for his humorous, satiric extensions of the text in his illustrations.

Caldecott's fame centers on 16 books, often referred to as the "Toy Books," reprinted by Edmund Evans in his innovative printing techniques, featuring mainly traditional nursery rhymes and songs, and published in pairs. They include: The House That Jack Built (1865), The Diverting History of John Gilpin (written by William Cowper) (1878), Elegy on the Death of a Mad Dog (written by Oliver Goldsmith) (1979), Babes in the Wood (1879), Sing a Song of Sixpence (1880), The Three Jovial Huntsmen (1880), The Farmer's Boy (1881), The Queen of Hearts (1881), The Milkmaid (1882), Hey Diddle Diddle with Baby Bunting (1882), A Frog He Would a-Wooing Go (1883), and The Fox Jumps over the Parson's Gate (1884).

Caldecott generally drew his illustrations in sepia applied with a brush rather than a pen; he included an average of three uncolored illustrations for each colored one. He has received praise for his fluid style, which created a sense of movement across a page and from one page to another; he is also lauded for his insight into human nature and instinctive grasp of what appeals to children.

Each year the American Library Association awards a highly coveted medal in his name to the best illustrated book by an American author.

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