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Tomie dePaola: His Art and His Stories [Hardcover]

By Barbara Elleman (Author) & Tomie DePaola (Author)
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Tomie dePaola is among the best-known artists creating children's stories today. His art and stories are filled with imagination, humor, elegance and curiosity which comes from a love of life reflected in everything he does. Explore dePaola's world in a brilliant biography of his life. Color illustrations and artworks throughout.

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Tomie dePaola is among the best-known, best-loved artist/authors creating books for children today. His art and his stories, filled with imagination, humor, elegance, and curiosity, emanate from a love of life reflected in everything he does. Barbara Elleman, a critic in her own right, explores Tomie dePaola as artist and storyteller. The result is a fascinating, complete, and highly readable account that looks first at his life and then at the many genres he has drawn upon--autobiographical memories, folktales, Christmas themes, religious stories, and more. She shows patterns and motifs that thread through his work, points out major influences on his art, and gives a rare look at his fine art and his "non-book" designs. Ms. Elleman's thoughtful narrative and selections of artwork that illustrate Mr. dePaola's diverse styles bring a fresh appreciation to the work of this unique artist/author.

Citations And Professional Reviews
Tomie dePaola: His Art and His Stories by Barbara Elleman & Tomie DePaola has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 493
  • Booklist - 10/01/1999 page 369
  • Publishers Weekly - 10/18/1999 page 85
  • School Library Journal - 12/01/1999 page 168
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 96 - 01/01/2000 page 45
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 346
  • Library Journal - 12/01/1999

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Putnam Juvenile
Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.36" Width: 8.78" Height: 0.99"
Weight:   2.53 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 25, 1999
Publisher   Putnam Juvenile
Age  7-10
ISBN  0399231293  
ISBN13  9780399231292  
UPC  048228035008  

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More About Barbara Elleman & Tomie DePaola

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Barbara Elleman was named a Distinguished Scholar of Children's Literature by Marquette University's School of Education. The creator and editor in chief of Book Links magazine, Barbara also spent many years as a book reviewer, media specialist, and lecturer.

Barbara Elleman currently resides in Northbrook, in the state of Illinois.

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A Must Have!  Mar 5, 2001
I have met Tomie dePaola. This book was the next best thing to seeing him again. The text gives you insight into dePaola as an author and illustrator and a person. Many of dePaloa's books are based on events that have actually taken place in his life. Barbara Elleman shares pictures of dePaola's childhood and his memories with the reader. By the end of the book I felt as if I knew dePaola personaly. Elleman also gives the reader lots of information about dePaola's books and fine art. THIS IS A MUST HAVE FOR EDUCATORS, CHILDRENS' LITERATURE BUFFS, AND PEOPLE WHO WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE MAN BEHIND THE BOOKS THAT MANY CHILDREN AND ADULTS LOVE TO READ OVER AND OVER!!!!!!!!
This is a wonderful book!  Apr 2, 2000
I've always thought one of Tomie dePaola's gifts was his ability to create books and artwork that were accessible. He is one of the masters of the children's book world. Barbara Elleman has created a book that is also accessible. It can be enjoyed by all ages, I believe. And, it isn't JUST a book for Tomie dePaola's fans. She ends her "introduction" by writing, "I hope I have done his work justice." Yes, Barbara Elleman, you have! But, NOW I want to know more. Barbara Elleman doesn't claim to have written a biography. She claims to give a "hint of the man behind the art" and the stories. Trina Schart Hyman, in her preface, hints that Tomie dePaola is a complex person. Barbara Elleman hints that Tomie dePaola opened his files for her. Barbara Elleman, if he opened ALL of his "files" for you, maybe next you should write a BIOGRAPHY of Tomie dePaola. I believe YOU could do him justice.
A masterful biography of Tomie's life & artwork.  Nov 3, 1999
Barbara Elleman has done an excellent job of depicting Tomie dePaola as an artist and author who loves what he does and the people he does it for. Though the text is geared toward adults, it serves as a reference for all dePaola fans. Even children will enjoy looking at the extensivephotographs and illustrations of Tomie's artwork over the years. Though Tomie is a worldwide figure in the field of children's literature; Barbara presents him as a warm loving human being with family and friends. These aspects of his personality make it very easy for children to relate to him as a friend who has had experiences very much like their own. From Barbara's research and writing, fans of all ages are inspired by this artist-author. Owning a copy of this book is a must for all Tomie dePaola fans.
Superb book to get a glimpse of the life and art of Tomie!  Oct 27, 1999
Complete and thorough overview of Tomie dePaola's life and works. Barbara Elleman has done a wonderful job of capturing the essence of Tomie. The organization of this book is masterful. A Tomie fan can easily find the information about all aspects of his life and his art. This book is an excellent resource for Tomie fans. I would highly recommend the purchase of this book - if you are not a Tomie dePaola fan before reading the book, you WILL be a #1 fan AFTER reading it!!

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