Randolph Caldecott is best known as the namesake of the award that
honors picture book illustrations, and in this inventive biography,
leading children's literature scholar Leonard Marcus examines the
man behind the medal. In an era when the steam engine fueled an
industrial revolution and train travel exploded people's experience
of space and time, Caldecott was inspired by his surroundings to
capture action, movement, and speed in a way that had never before
been seen in children's picture books. Thoroughly researched and
featuring extensive archival material and a treasure trove of
previously unpublished drawings, including some from Caldecott's
very last sketchbook, Leonard Marcus's luminous biography shows why
Caldecott was indeed the father of the modern picture book and how
his influence lives on in the books we love today.
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