Show Me a Story: Why Picture Books Matter: Conversations with 21 of the World's Most Celebrated Illustrators
Title: Show Me a Story: Why Picture Books Matter: Conversations with 21 of the World's Most Celebrated Illustrators
Author: Marcus, Leonard S.
Show Me a Story!: Why Picture Books Matter, compiled and edited by the great children’s historian, Leonard S. Marcus. This is a great anthology of interviews with celebrated children’s illustrators, including Marcus’s interviews with Maurice Sendak and recent Caldecott award winner Chris Raschka, as well as other greats. After reading the interviews, you’ll find yourself with a greater historical perspective regarding children’s literature and its evolution as well as learning how each illustrator came to be an illustrator, with many of their roads proving that arriving at your life’s work is often complex, confusing, and interesting.
-Dawn at KDL’s Wyoming branch
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.