Leonard S. Marcus
Children's Book Historian, Author, Critic
                       
                 
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
    THE WAND IN THE WORD: CONVERSATIONS WITH WRITERS OF FANTASY
(Candlewick Press, 2006)



Fantasy is storytelling with the beguiling power to make the impossible imaginable and to reveal our own 'real' world in a fresh and truth-bearing light. Few have harnessed this power with the artistry, verve, and imagination of the authors encountered in this compelling book. How do they work their magic? Find out in richly rewarding interviews with thirteen master storytellers: Lloyd Alexander, Franny Billingsley, Susan Cooper, Nancy Farmer, Brian Jacques, Diana Wynne Jones, Ursula K. Le Guin, Madeleine L'Engle, Garth Nix, Tamora Pierce, Terry Pratchett, Philip Pullman, and Jane Yolen. Inspiring reading for fantasy fans and future writers alike.





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    STORIED CITY: A CHILDREN'S BOOK WALKING-TOUR GUIDE TO NEW YORK CITY
(Dutton, 2003)



This handy-sized, paperbound book consists of twenty-one walking tours that offer a unique perspective on New York City. The tours extend to all five boroughs and feature more than 100 New York places and spaces that have lit the imaginations of writers and artists as varied as E. B. White, Maurice Sendak, Judy Blume, Faith Ringgold, Kay Thompson, and Madeleine L'Engle. Along the way, more than 200 of the best books about New York City written for young people from preschoolers to teens are discussed. With book illustrations, original photographs, and maps.
-School Library Journal Book of the Week

"Excellent, wide-ranging . . . extremely cool." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Perfect for summer family travels." - Summer 2003 Childrens Book Sense 76
2003 Best Book, Miami Herald

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    WAYS OF TELLING: CONVERSATIONS ON THE ART OF THE PICTURE BOOK
(Dutton, 2002)

This extraordinary collection of interviews features wide-ranging, insightful, and often humorous conversations with fourteen contemporary masters of the picture book: Mitsumasa Anno, Ashley Bryan, Eric Carle, Tana Hoban, Karla Kuskin, James Marshall, Robert McCloskey, Iona Opie, Helen Oxenbury, Jerry Pinkney, Maurice Sendak, William Steig, Rosemary Wells, and Charlotte Zolotow. Completing this beautifully designed volume is a sixteen-page "mini-gallery" of representative illustrations and page layouts reproduced in full color.

2002 Horn Book Fanfare

"Unique portraits, drawn with sensitivity and depth." - Joanna Rudge Long, The Horn Book (starred review)
"Compelling." - Connie C. Rockman, in School Library Journal (starred review)
"This collection shouldn't be missed." - Elizabeth Ward, in Washington Post Book World
"Remarkably rich in texture, thanks not only to the array of diverse voices speaking from its pages but also to Marcus's guiding intelligence and imagination." - Susan Marie Swanson, The Riverbank Review
"Engaging...portraits... that will interest young readers as well as adults." - Junko Yokota, Children & Libraries

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    SIDE BY SIDE: FIVE PICTURE-BOOK TEAMS GO TO WORK
(Walker, 2001)

Have you ever wondered how a picture book is made? The process is similar to the way we play a team sport, put on a play, or build a sand-castle with friends - through collaboration. Go behind the scenes with five famous author/artist teams: Arthur Yorinks and Richard Egielski; Alice and Martin Provensen; Jon Scieszka, Lane Smith, and Molly Leach; Julius Lester and Jerry Pinkney; and Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen - and find out how each set of collaborators rolled up their sleeves to create one of their best-known children's books.

2001 Best Book, New York Public Library
2002 Best Book, CCBC Choices.

"Inviting . . . well-written and beautifully designed - Booklist (starred review)
"Fascinating." - The Horn Book
"Insights into the inner workings of bookmaking" - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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AUTHOR TALK
(Simon & Schuster, 2000)

Fifteen entertaining, perceptive conversations with some of America's best-known children's book authors reveal engaging details about their life and work. Illustrations include childhood and adult photos, manuscript pages, and other memorabilia. Featured authors: Judy Blume, Bruce Brooks, Karen Cushman, Russell Freedman, Lee Bennett Hopkins, James Howe, Johanna Hurwitz, E. L. Konigsburg, Lois Lowry, Ann M. Martin, Nicholasa Mohr, Gary Paulsen, Jon Scieszka, Seymour Simon, and Laurence Yep.

2001 Best Book, Children's Book Committee at the Bank Street College of Education
2001 Orbis Pictus Recommended Book
2000 Best Book, New York Public Library
2000 VOYA Nonfiction Honor List
2000 Los Angeles' 100 Best Books (Los Angeles Unified School District and IRA SL/R SIG)

"Fascinating." - Kirkus Reviews
"Indispensable. . . . [A] first-rate collection of interviews." - Riverbank Review

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    DEAR GENIUS: THE LETTERS OF URSULA NORDSTROM
(HarperCollins,1998; 2000)


Ursula Nordstrom, director of Harper's Department of Books for Boys and Girls from 1940 to 1973, is a legend-one of the most creative forces in children's books. Working with such talents as Maurice Sendak, E. B. White, Margaret Wise Brown, Shel Silverstein, Garth Williams, and John Steptoe, Nordstrom recognized that each was a genius to be nurtured, encouraged, and published. Here are the entertaining, thought-provoking, and moving editorial letters of this extraordinary woman.
Excerpted in Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal
A Junior Library Guild selection
2000 Best Book, New York Public Library

"Irresistible."- The New Yorker
"Wonderful."- Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World


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    A CALDECOTT CELEBRATION: SIX ARTISTS and THEIR PATHS to THE CALDECOTT MEDAL
(Walker, 1998)


Step behind the scenes to see how six Caldecott winners created their award-winning books: Robert McCloskey (Make Way for Ducklings); Marcia Brown (Cinderella);
Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are); William Steig (Sylvester and the Magic Pebble); Chris Van Allsburg (Jumanji); and David Wiesner (Tuesday). With photos, sketches, dummies, and more; text based on interviews with the artists.

"A beautifully made book."- Booklist (starred review)
"Eminently satifying."- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books



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    MARGARET WISE BROWN: AWAKENED BY THE MOON
(Quill/Morrow, 1999)


Margaret Wise Brown (1910-1952), author of Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny, was early childhood's poet laureate and one of the best-selling children's authors of all time. Margaret Wise Brown is the definitive biography of this colorful and often controversial figure.

"An absorbing biography."- New York Times Book Review
"More than a finely etched, honest portrait of an artist, Margaret Wise Brownis an exciting, fast-paced glimpse into the very beginnings of the golden age of children's book publishing in America. Leonard Marcus has restored Brown to her rightful place as both pioneer and poet."
- Maurice Sendak


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    THE MAKING OF GOODNIGHT MOON: A Fiftieth Anniversary Retrospective
(HarperCollins,1997)


Lively anecdotes about the making of the classic bedtime story Goodnight Moon will delight both new and devoted fans. Previously unpublished photographs of Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd, as well as pages from the original dummy and full-color studies of the artwork, tell a personal story of friendship, respect, and inspired collaboration.

"Illuminating."- Los Angeles Times Book Review
"An engrossing story-behind-the-book."- San Francisco Chronicle Book Review


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ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND by Lewis Carroll;
illustrated with photographs by Abelardo Morell;
introduction by Leonard S. Marcus
(Dutton, 1998)

You know the story-the little girl, the rabbit hole, "eat me","drink me", et cetera, et cetera. It's quite the fantastic adventure. What makes this edition of Lewis Carroll's classic unique are the haunting photographs by Abelardo Morell. By making cutouts of Sir John Tenniel's famous illustrations,
staging them in playfully surreal three-dimensional settings, and then photographing them, Morell has created powerful images in an otherworldly style. How Carrollian! With an introduction that offers a glimpse into the intriguing connection between Carroll's pioneering efforts as a photographer and his timeless contributions to the world of nonsense.

"There is no end to the available editions of Alice, of course, but here is one worth having."- Booklist


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