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Tomfoolery! Randolph Caldecott and the Rambunctious Coming-of-Age of Children's Books

Tomfoolery! Randolph Caldecott and the Rambunctious Coming-of-Age of Children's Books
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Meet Randolph Caldecott, the artist who revolutionized picture book illustration and for whom the prestigious Caldecott medal is named! From acclaimed picture book creators Michelle Markel and Barbara McClintock comes a lively, humorous, and energetically informative biography that celebrates the spirit of storytelling in art.

Quick! If you don’t move fast, you’ll miss him—there he goes—Randolph Caldecott, future famous illustrator. His 
sketchbook is full of hurly-burly: wild weather, frisky animals, and people so sprightly they can barely hold onto the pages. But in the 1850s, there were no children’s books like that. Not yet.

Many books are published, but their pictures look stiff, full of pretty poses and cluttered scenery. No one has imagined how much fun an illustrated book 
could be because the future hero of children’s book illustration is still just a lad. Join Michelle Markel and Barbara McClintock for a riotous adventure through the seminal history of children's books—their art, their joy, and the man who changed them for good.

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Perfect for:

  • Anyone who loves or wants to learn more about kids' books and children's book illustration
  • Librarians, educators, and parents of kids who love history and nonfiction
  • Aspiring picture book writers and illustrators of any age
  • Fans of true stories, biographies, and fascinating facts
  • Special occasion or thank you gift for teachers and librarians