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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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By Michelle Markel

Illustrated by Barbara McClintock


"Exuberant."―Horn Book Magazine, starred review 

"Excellent."—Booklist, starred review 

"Storytelling at its best."—Kirkus, starred review

"Enduringly appealing."—School Library Journal, starred review 

"[A] lively portrait."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

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.

[Tomfoolery noun: silliness, shenanigans, buffoonery, skylarking, or pranks]

FASCINATING TRUE STORY: This picture book biography introduces readers to the man who redefined children's books, transforming the reading experience of people all around the world! Anyone who loves history, biographies, or books for children will find themselves charmed by this lively look at the life of Randolph Caldecott.

WHIMSICAL AND ENGAGING: Full of verve and fun, humor and dynamic vocabulary, this book is history with pure delight, sure to engage even the most reluctant readers!

FUN AND INSPIRING GIFT BOOK: With compelling visual storytelling and an inspiring role model for aspiring writers, illustrators, and creatives, this picture book makes a great gift for any giving occasion.

PERFECT FOR MOCK CALDECOTTS: Teachers and librarians who introduce the Caldecott Medal and its voting process to kids will find this invaluable as an introduction to looking at, thinking about, and celebrating art.

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

Hardcover / Juvenile Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Historical / Literary / Books & Libraries

Ages 5 to 8, Grades K to 3
0.3" H x 10.6" L x 9.6" W (1.05 lbs) 44 pages
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