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Ralph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing

Ralph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing


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 seen in children's picture books. Thoroughly researched and featuring extensive archival material and a treasure trove of previously unpublished drawings, including some from Caldecott's very last sketchbook, Leonard Marcus's luminous biography shows why Caldecott was indeed the father of the modern picture book and how his influence lives on in the books we love today.

About the Author

Leonard S. Marcus is one of the world’s leading writers about children’s books and the people who create them. His own award-winning books include Randolph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing; Listening for Madeleine: A Portrait of Madeleine L'Engle in Many Voices; Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom; Minders of Make Believe; and The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

In The News

“Marcus's thorough attention to detail, sober writing, and social conscience all contribute to an exemplary juvenile biography. A handful of illustrations enliven every spread, revealing the artist's gift for capturing action in a few swift lines.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“This beautifully designed and illustrated large-format volume is a worthy tribute to the man who remains a giant in the world of children's literature.” —Booklist, starred review

“It will be a delight for picture-book enthusiasts and a provocative introduction for those who want the backstory of the man behind the medal.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“Randolph Caldecott and Edmund Evans themselves would be pleased.” —Horn Book, starred review

Publisher: Macmillan
Imprint: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 27, 2013)
Harcover: 64 pages
Grade Level: 5-9 (10-14 years)
Item Weight: ‎1.53 pounds
Dimensions: ‎ 9.27 x 0.54 x 12.24 inches
ISBN: 9780374310257