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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon June 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 2012
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 27, 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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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on June 3, 2014
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Had to wait until the very end to see illustration samples. But the interviews are inspiring and fascinating peeks into the lives of famed illustrators.
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on December 27, 2014
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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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on March 11, 2013
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I liked the way each author was presented and appreciated their input on writing. Each is a master and often quoted by me in my classes.
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on January 23, 2014
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I enjoyed this so much I ordered another one as a gift.
The interviews with each author is enlightening and personal.
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on February 18, 2015
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Good resource. No new information for me I thought it would similar but more current that the Reading Magic by Mem Fox
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2014
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
Do not make the mistake that I did, this is not for kids.
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