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- Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
- Format: Hardback | 48 pages
- Dimensions: 257mm x 262mm x 10mm | 454g
- Publication date: 14 April 2009
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 1596432519
- ISBN 13: 9781596432512
- Illustrations note: colour illustrations
- Sales rank: 184,873
A CHILD IN SEARCH OF HER STORY Caldecott medalist Mordicai Gerstein looks at books from a whole new angle. Once upon a time there was a family who lived in a book. All but the youngest had stories they belonged to--fighting fires, exploring space, entertaining in the circus--but she didn't have one yet. Walking through all the possibilities of story types Mordicai Gerstein presents her quest in unique and changing perspectives: readers look down into the books below at the characters in their worlds. A funny and touching celebration of books, stories, and finding yourself.
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Mordicai Gerstein is the author and illustrator of "The Man Who Walked Between the Towers," winner of the Caldecott Medal, and has had four books named "New York Times" Best Illustrated Books of the Year. Gerstein was born in Los Angeles in 1935. He remembers being inspired as a child by images of fine art, which his mother cut out of "Life" magazine, and by children's books from the library: "I looked at Rembrandt and Superman, Matisse and Bugs Bunny, and began to make my own pictures." He attended Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, and then got a job in an animated cartoon studio that sent him to New York, where he designed characters and thought up ideas for TV commercials. When a writer named Elizabeth Levy asked him to illustrate a humorous mystery story about two girls and a dog, his book career began, and soon he moved on to writing as well as illustrating. "I'm still surprised to be an author," he says. "I wonder what I'll write next?" Gerstein lives in Westhampton, Massachusetts.
"Terrifically sweet and humorous." --"Booklist," STARRED"This is "A Book" to savor." --"Shelf Awareness"