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Title:
The amazing collection of Joey Cornell / by Candace Fleming ; illustrated by Gerard DuBois.
ISBN:
9780399552397
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Schwartz & Wade Books, 2018.

©2018
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Abstract:
Joey Cornell collected everything -- anything that sparked his imagination or delighted his eye. His collection grew and grew until he realized that certain pieces just looked right together. He assembled his doodads to create wonderful, magical creations out of once ordinary objects.
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Interest age level: 4-8.
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Summary

Summary

Award-winning and bestselling author Candace Fleming delivers a stunning picture-book based on the childhood of artist and sculptor Joseph Cornell, sure to beguile aspiring artists and collectors of all ages.

Joey Cornell collected everything -- anything that sparked his imagination or delighted his eye. His collection grew and grew until he realized that certain pieces just looked right together. He assembled his doodads to create wonderful, magical creations out of once ordinary objects.

Perfect for introducing art to kids, here's an imaginative and engaging book based on the childhood of great American artist Joseph Cornell, told by master picture book author Candace Fleming and lauded illustrator Gérard DuBois.


Author Notes

Candace Fleming is the prolific author of The Family Romanov , a Sibert Honor Book and the recipient of both the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Young Adult Literature; Amelia Lost, which received four starred reviews; and The Great and Only Barnum , a YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction nominee and a Publishers Weekly and Booklist Best Book. She is also the author of many highly acclaimed picture books, including Oh, No!, illustrated by Eric Rohmann, and middle grade, including The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary School . Visit her on the web at candacefleming.com or on Twitter: @candacemfleming.

Gérard DuBois is the illustrator of the children's book Monsieur Marceau: Actor Without Words by Leda Schubert, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2012. He also illustrates for clients such as Time magazine, The New York Times , The Wall Street Journal , and The New Yorker . Born in France, he moved to Montreal, Canada where he lives with his wife and children. Visit him on the web at gdubois.com.


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this fictionalized account, Fleming focuses on the childhood of outsider artist Joseph Cornell, when he began collecting the found objects that would later comprise his assemblage pieces. She explains that Cornell initially kept his collections in a wheeled wagon in his bedroom, before eventually expanding into the barn. His sisters call him a "trash picker" and "pack rat," but his mother dubs his collecting habits, "Weird... but wonderful." Throughout, Fleming alludes to Cornell's inspirations and influences, including a performance by Harry Houdini (after seeing Houdini's show, Cornell adds an iron safe to his collection). The death of his father led him to immerse himself in his collection; in organizing the pieces, he determines he isn't just a collector but an artist. In DuBois's enigmatic art, Cornell, his mother, and his siblings resemble artifacts themselves, looking a bit like antique bisque dolls. Fleming sensitively conveys how an artist's work is an evolving collage of experiences and observations that, together, creates meaning. An introductory note dives into Cornell's later life. Ages 4-8. Author's agent: Ethan Ellenberg, Ethan Ellenberg Agency. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Horn Book Review

Joseph Cornell (19031972) became an artist renowned for shadow boxes of carefully curated and assembled objects. Fleming's picture-book biography focuses on Cornell's childhood collecting, capturing his curiosity for life's small tokens and moments. DuBois's illustrations, rendered in whisper-soft acrylics and manipulated digitally, have an old-timey aesthetic that complements the story's nostalgia. This book offers much to pore over visually and ruminate over emotionally. Bib. (c) Copyright 2018. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.