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The Chandeliers Hardcover – August 7, 2012

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 580L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374398984
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374398989
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 7.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #612,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1-The plot is a bit slim in this story about a family of performing giraffes. It opens with an introduction to the Chandeliers, outlining who they are and what they're known for, not unlike the brief descriptions of actors found in theater programs. Readers are then abruptly dropped into the story of their performance. It becomes clear a few pages into the story that one character who was not in the introduction keeps appearing-"Little Rufus Chandelier was not big enough to perform in the show..." but he ends up saving the day in every instance. Each spread consists of a few simple sentences stating what's happening in that particular scene. The illustrations are bright and colorful with the giraffes having specific characteristics, making them easily distinguishable from one another, but the spreads don't seem to connect together to form one coherent tale. There are far better books that tell children in a humorous and relatable way about being the youngest and finding one's own place in a vibrant family.-Lora Van Marel, Orland Park Public Library, ILα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


“There are humorous visual details in the bustling watercolor-and-line compositions…and children will enjoy searching for the tiny mouse wearing a giraffe costume in every scene.”--Kirkus



"…a delightful turn on the theme of the quiet child who becomes a hero, and certain to be summoned for many encores.”--Publishers Weekly

More About the Author

Vincent X. Kirsch is an artist, designer, toymaker and writer of books, film and television projects for people of all ages.

Mr. Kirsch's first picture book Natalie & Naughtily was published in the fall of 2008 by BloomsburyUSA Publishing. The book was selected for the 2008 Original Art Show at the Society of Illustrators in New York City.
He has subsequently completed two additional titles:
Two Little Boys From Toolittle Toys / BloomsburyUSA / Spring 2010
Forsythia & Me / Farrar Straus Giroux / Winter 2011
The Chandeliers / Farrar Straus Giroux / Winter 2012

Mr. Kirsch got his start in advertising agencies specializing in Broadway and film accounts. He had been involved in things theatrical since his youth. He had minored in scenic design and filmmaking at Syracuse University. His scenic design work lead him the stages of the Williamstown Theatre Festival where he became an artist-in-residence under the nurturing gaze of Nikos Psacharapoulos. He designed sets and posters for seven summer seasons of the productions there.

At the same time he was designing and illustrating book jackets for such authors as Joyce Carol Oates, Luigi Barzini and F. Scott Fitzgerald. An accidental spilling of India ink on scratchboard resulted in a completely unusual, original black and white illustration style. The black and white, as well as color work, has continued to appear regularly on the pages of The New York Times Book Review & Op-Ed pages, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times and a wide array of magazines.

Coincidentally, the work on the Op-Ed page of The New York Times landed Mr. Kirsch a three-year job designing and directing the windows of Bergdorf Goodman on Fifth Avenue. His work with mannequins and small window spaces lead to the creation of three-dimensional characters and revived a fascination with puppetry and Victorian toy theaters.

He has worked and experimented on these projects steadily since leaving Bergdorf Goodman in the mid-nineties. For three years, Mr. Kirsch was Visual Merchandising Director for Dean & Deluca, overseeing the merchandising and branding for all the stores in North America.

Mr. Kirsch currently lives in Brooklyn Heights.

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