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

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In compelling interviews by the acclaimed Leonard S. Marcus, twenty-one top authors and illustrators reveal their inside stories on the art of creating picture books. Max and Mickey; Miss Nelson; Pack, Quack, and Mrs. Mallard; Pigeon; Sylvester; John Henry; and a very hungry caterpillar — these are just a few of the beloved picture book characters discussed in Show Me a Story. Renowned children’s literature authority Leonard S. Marcus speaks with their creators and others — twenty-one of the world’s most celebrated authors and illustrators— and asks about their childhood, their inspiration, their determination, their mentors, their creative choices, and more. Amplifying these richly entertaining and thought-provoking conversations are eighty-eight full-color plates revealing each illustrator’s artistic process from sketch to near-final artwork in fascinating, behind-the-scenes detail. Why do children love and need picture books so much? Recasting and greatly expanding on a volume published in 2002 as Ways of Telling, Leonard S. Marcus confirms that picture books matter because they make a difference in our children’s lives.

About Leonard S. Marcus

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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 Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom; Minders of Make-Believe: Idealists, Entrepreneurs, and the Shaping of American Children's Literature; and The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Published September 10, 2013 by Candlewick. 322 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Arts & Photography, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Children's Books. Fiction

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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 it...

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“I hope these interviews, each of which is a honeycomb of memorable tales about growing up and coming into one’s own, will inspire young people, especially those who like to paint and write and draw, as well as working artists at every stage of their career.” Acclaimed as one of the world’s lead...

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