Two extraordinary picture book biographies about artists who view the world as outsiders—the musician Muddy Waters initially, and the visual artist James Castle perennially. Through the stories of their art, they reveal the wider, richer world outside the bounds. Grades 2–5.
James Castle was born two months premature on September 25, 1899, on a farm in Garden Valley, Idaho. He was deaf, mute, autistic, and probably dyslexic. He didn't walk until he was four; he would never learn to speak, write, read, or use sign language.
Yet, today Castle's artwork hangs in major museums throughout the world. The Philadelphia Museum of Art opened "James Castle: A Retrospective" in 2008. The 2013 Venice Biennale included eleven works by Castle in the feature exhibition "The Encyclopedic Palace." And his reputation continues to grow.
Caldecott Medal winner Allen Say, author of the acclaimed memoir <i>Drawing from Memory</i>, takes readers through an imagined look at Castle's childhood, allows them to experience his emergence as an artist despite the overwhelming difficulties he faced, and ultimately reveals the triumphs that he would go on to achieve.
About the Author
Allen Say is the beloved author and illustrator of many acclaimed books for children, including the highly acclaimed Drawing from Memory, The Inker's Shadow, and The Favorite Daughter (all published by Scholastic); the Caldecott Medal winner Grandfather's Journey; and the Caldecott Honor winner The Boy of the Three-Year Nap. He is known for his technical skill and varied style, and his books pay tribute to Japanese culture, as well as his own personal experiences. His many books include Tree of Cranes, Under the Cherry Blossom Tree, Tea with Milk, and Erika-San. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Praise for Drawing from Memory:
"Approached from almost any angle, this book is a treasure." -- Washington Post
* "Aesthetically superb; this will fascinate comics readers and budding artists while creating new Say fans." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "Illustrations are richly detailed and infused with warmth . . . . Readers of all ages will be inspired by the young Say's drive and determination." -- School Library Journal, starred review
* "Throughout, you can see canny artistic choices being made -- color here, monochrome there, a cartoon, a snapshot -- that reinforce content with appropriate form." -- Horn Book, starred review
* "There's a thoughtful, measured quality to Say's modest storytelling . . . . As visual as it is textual." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review
"As the story of a young artist's coming of age, Say's account is complex, poignant, and unfailingly honest. Say's fans -- and those who also feel the pull of the artist's life -- will be captivated." -- Publishers Weekly
Praise for The Inker's Shadow:
"A wealth of graceful ink portraits, drawings, and paintings, and a provocative view of postwar America from the outside in." -- Publishers Weekly
"The illustrations are a pleasing combination of watercolor cartoon panels . . . and black-and-white sketches . . . . Together, the two combine to provide an engaging and thoughtful view of the intersection of art and life." -- Horn Book
"Say weaves an ultimately optimistic story of the 'American Dream' . . . . With beautiful artwork and an engaging story, this affecting account will resonate with all ages." -- Booklist
Praise for The Favorite Daughter:
"Caldecott-winner Say's . . . meticulous draftsmanship and openhearted honesty make this a memorable piece of autobiography." -- Publishers Weekly
"Say's command of watercolor, ink, and pencil develops the visual narrative through a combination of uncluttered interiors . . . . A sensitive addition to the canon of picture books about children coming to terms with being 'different.'" -- School Library Journal