Search Results: "Leonard Marcus"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"The Q&As end with selected reading lists. (Nonfiction. 10 & up)"
Marcus once again unobtrusively gives both rising and established stars in the field a bully pulpit. Read full book review >

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THE ANNOTATED PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH by Norton Juster
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 25, 2011

"A timeless tribute to learning as play, much enriched with background on even the (seemingly) throwaway lines and puns. (Literary criticism. 10-12, adult)"
Still ferrying dazzled readers to Dictionopolis and beyond 50 years after his first appearance, young Milo is accompanied this time through by encyclopedic commentary from our generation's leading (and most readable) expert on the history of children's literature and publishing. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 7, 2008

"A well-documented, thorough history."
Who really decides what American children read? Children's book historian and critic Marcus (A Caldecott Celebration: Seven Artists and their Paths to the Caldecott Medal, 2008, etc.) answers this question by deftly tracing the evolution of American children's literature from colonial primers to Harry Potter. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 17, 1992

"And he does it without the sanctimonious reverence so endemic in his field."
She was, in the words of former Kirkus editor Barbara Bader—whose American Picturebooks Marcus quotes—"the first to make the writing of picturebooks an art." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 1, 2012

"A welcome illumination of a historically under-appreciated art form. (bibliography, source notes) (Nonfiction. 14 & up)"
Selecting 11 illustrators popular in the past decade, among them Chris Raschka, Lois Ehlert and Mo Willems, and adding postscripts to 10 he had interviewed for Ways of Telling (2002), Marcus mines the A-list, producing fascinating insights into the lives of picture-book creators and the format itself. Read full book review >

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POETRY
Released: June 1, 1994

A jacket photo of a child's hand cradled in an adult palm signifies Marcus's ever-fertile theme. Read full book review >

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NONFICTION
Released: Oct. 23, 2007

"An irresistible feast, especially catnip-like for children's-book history buffs. (foreword by Eric Carle, miscellaneous appendices, notes, acknowledgments, index) (Nonfiction. Adult)"
"To me, they are like this big lump of warmth. They were my friends! . . . Read full book review >

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BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"Filled with intriguing tidbits, this is an outstanding work about the connections between parents and children, editors and artists and readers and writers. (photo credits, selective bibliography, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
Children's literature scholar Marcus is back with a fascinating portrait of five families who have achieved success in their picture-book endeavors. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Despite some flaws, this collection proudly stands as an engaging and erudite glimpse between the panels. (source notes, art media notes, selected reading, index) (Nonfiction. 13 & up)"
Q-and-A sessions with 13 influential creators of comics for children and teens. Read full book review >

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NONFICTION
Released: May 1, 2003

"For wandering about the city, or for answering children's questions as to whether a place or a moment in New York City literature really exists, this is extremely cool. (bibliography, index, maps) (Reference. All ages)"
More than 200 books for children and teens make their appearance in Marcus's affectionate and limpidly clear walking tour of the literary sidewalks of New York. Read full book review >

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RANDOLPH CALDECOTT by Leonard S. Marcus
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"A worthy illustrated tribute to the man who arguably invented the modern picture book."
Timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the Caldecott Medal, which honors excellence in picture-book illustration, a slender illustrated biography of its namesake. Read full book review >

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THE FRIENDLY MONSTERS by Marcus Pfister
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Stick with Sesame Street's more lovable critters. (Pop-up picture book. 3-5)"
In a pop-up album that provides a strong argument for attaching parental-advisory labels, happy monsters rear up over a hill, spring from closet and cellar and burst out from under the bed to assure a pair of timorous, pajama-clad children that they're not really scary. Read full book review >