Nicknamed "Action Jackson" for his kinetic style, abstract artist Jackson Pollack takes the spotlight in this outstanding picture book biography. Collaborators Greenberg and Jordan (Chuck Close: Up Close) frame their account around a significant period in Pollack's life in 1950, when he created Number 1, 1950 (also called Lavender Mist), one of his most famous paintings. Readers follow Pollack into his barn studio, watch over his shoulder as he lays the canvas on the floor and begins to work all the while learning about his early life and influences ("Like the Native American sand painters he saw as a boy out West, he moves around the canvas coaxing the paint into loops and curves"). Weaving in quotes from Pollack himself and such child-friendly details as the artist's pets (including a tame crow named Caw Caw), the authors craft an imaginative account grounded in solid research and enlivened with lyrical prose ("He swoops and leaps like a dancer, paint trailing from a brush that doesn't touch the canvas"). Parker (To Fly, reviewed below) suggests the artist's graceful motion with the barest of penstrokes; in one spread, Pollock's body curves across both pages as he paints. Whether capturing the intensity of the creative process and the artist's unique choreography or the spare vistas of sea and sky near the artist's Long Island home, Parker's impressionistic pen-and-watercolor illustrations pay homage to the painter's sweep of line and color ("energy and motion made visible," to quote Pollack). An extensive afterword offers notes and sources, as well as photos of Pollack at work and quotes from his friends and colleagues. Ages 6-10.
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Grade 1-6–Ed Harris, the actor who played artist Jackson Pollock in the 2000 film, Pollock, narrates this award-winning book By Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan (Roaring Brook, 2002). Harris's narration is expressive and warm, as listeners are given a peek into the life of a usually private man. This picture book biography focuses on a two-month period when he created Number 1, 1950 (Lavender Mist). It explores how Jackson worked, what inspired him, and his daily routine. His groundbreaking techniques were influenced by music, nature, and other artists. Though controversial, his splattered abstract paintings were truly unique and innovative for his time. Sound effects and jazzy musical interludes add richness to the story. Page-turn signals are included on track one. Pauses in narration and before the signals encourage the listener to linger over Robert Andrew Parker's colorful and energetic illustrations. The book contains an extended biography, notes, sources, and a bibliography not included in the audio version. An excellent addition to a school and public library collections.–April Mazza, Wayland Public Library, MA
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I like the mixture of realistic pictures and illustrations. Well done.Published 4 months ago by Elaine
Great book, simple enough for kids but with enough detail to be used in a classroom. Beautiful illustrations to go with the story of how Jackson made his paintings. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sariphina
This was an entertaining and informative picture book biography on abstract artist Jackson Pollock. A nice read to share with children of all ages when exposing them to various... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Shelli
What I love about this book besides the great pictures and story is that it is written for a wide age range of readers (6-10). Read morePublished 11 months ago by JD Corrigan
I am an art teacher and my preschoolers and Kindergarteners thoroughly enjoyed this book. Nice facts and great photos. Read morePublished 18 months ago by L. Lathrop
This is a wonderful picture book in which the two writers and one illustrator imagine what it was like for Jackson Pollack to think about and then create one of his paintings --... Read morePublished on September 19, 2011 by Ohioan
This is an amazing book--I feel I'm right there with Jackson Pollock in his barn studio as he lays his huge canvas on the floor and begins to paint. Read morePublished on January 30, 2011 by Sandra McLeod Humphrey
Brush of Words
By Thanh Thi
This book is amazing in all forms. I really enjoyed reading it but I was more astonish on how amazing the art work was. Read more