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These discussions of the relationship between artists’ lives and the stories they produce, preferences regarding medium or style, and the unique confluences of circumstance, market and passion are indubitably worthwhile.
—Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Leonard S. Marcus is one of the world’s leading writers about children’s books and their illustrations. His many books include The Wand in the Word: Conversations with Writers of Fantasy; Funny Business: Conversations with Writers of Comedy; Dear Genius; and others. His essays, interviews, and reviews appear in the New York Times Book Review, among other publications. About Show Me a Story!, he says, "Our favorite picture books speak to us at the start of life and continue to speak to us for the rest of our lives. I find that an amazing achievement." Leonard S. Marcus lives in Brooklyn.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Candlewick ed. edition (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763635065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763635060
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #582,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. S. Oliver on August 13, 2012
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As a retired librarian/teacher, I spend much of my spare time reading to children. The teacher in me insists that I preface all stories with introductions to the author and artist. Show Me A Story is a valuable tool as well as fun to read. In the 20-question conversation with each illustrator I learn his/her style, techniques and bio--just enough for me to share with kindergartners. The book is easy to navigate because it is alphabetically arranged. There is a good index and there are lists of titles by the illustrators, source notes, and credits for illustrations and photographs. These are all placed within easy reach at the back of the book. Show Me... is well made; it has sturdy paper, strong binding, good sized type and wide margins. Nothing text "booky" about it. It's a delight.
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Pictures are one of the first things that draws a child to books and starts to interest them in reading - they make any book more enjoyable.
This is a book that interviews 21 picture book illustrators. There is a photograph and a short introduction to each and then a series of questions. For each author the questions are different. They are ones such as; what were they like as children? Did they like to draw? The illustrators range from Robert McCloskey and Rosemary Wells to Maurice Sendek and Quentin Blake.
There is an index and a bibliography for each illustrator and a section with colour examples of some of the illustrations.

This is a charming book that will tell you much about these illustrators that have graced many children's books. Those who love books and the illustrations in them will learn much about the people who have enriched them.
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Looking at the mass of childrens trade books can be overwhelming for a college student, so when I found this book I saw an opportunity to organize some of my lectures around the illustrators that bring the books to life. Not surprisingly, the artists interviewed by Leonard S. Marcus cross referenced each other at times though their experiences were varied. The multicultural perspective, so important in our classrooms, was underscored by the differences in style and impressions of the different illustrators..
The individual missions of the artists focused on various facets of the craft .For examples, Mo Willems comes out of the CTW and has been trained in child development, making him aware of the needs of his audience. Others, such as Maurice Sendak, don't aim their books at children, though they comprise a huge part of his following.
As a Philadelphian I was happy to see more than one of the illustrators who have a connection to my community.
The easy to read interviews make this book a great read for every book lover. Who among us hasn't looked forward to the color illustration when turning the pages of a beloved book.
Read this book and enjoy.
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I love reading about illustrators and their stories of how they became illustrators. This is what this book is.The author interviewed the artists and then wrote down their stories. Plus, there are examples of each illustrator's work.
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The book description says it includes 88 illustration plates. I purchased the Kindle version and I've searched the entire book and found NO ILLUSTRATIONS. Very disappointing!

More disappointing is that I can find no way to ask for refund on a Kindle purchase.

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Leonard S. Marcus is invaluable to all in the children's picture book field AND others who have interest in it. Book after book by Mr. Marcus have proved most excellent!!!
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