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Title:
Smile How Young Charlie Chaplin Taught the World to Laugh (and Cry).
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ISBN:
9780763697617
Publication Information:
Candlewick Press 2019/03
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[Hardcover]
Abstract:
An interpretation of Charlie Chaplin's path from his childhood through his beginnings in silent film and the creation of his iconic Little Tramp.

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Summary

An award-winning author and a Caldecott Medalist take a creative look at the early life of comedic genius Charlie Chaplin.

Once there was a little slip of a boy who roamed the streets of London, hungry for life (and maybe a bit of bread). His dad long gone and his actress mother ailing, five-year-old Charlie found himself onstage one day taking his mum's place, singing and drawing laughs amid a shower of coins. There were times in the poorhouse and times spent sitting in the window at home with Mum, making up funny stories about passersby. And when Charlie described a wobbly old man he saw in baggy clothes, with turned-out feet and a crooked cane, his mother found it sad, but Charlie knew that funny and sad go hand in hand. With a lyrical text and exquisite collage imagery, Gary Golio and Ed Young interpret Charlie Chaplin's path from his childhood through his beginnings in silent film and the creation of his iconic Little Tramp. Keen-eyed readers will notice a silhouette of the Little Tramp throughout the book that becomes animated with a flip of the pages. An afterword fills in facts about the beloved performer who became one of the most famous entertainers of all time.


Author Notes

Gary Golio is the author of Bird & Diz, also illustrated by Ed Young. He has written several best-selling and award-winning picture-book biographies, including Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow, When Bob Met Woody, and Spirit Seeker: John Coltrane's Musical Journey. Gary Golio lives in Hudson Valley, New York.

Ed Young is the illustrator of Bird & Diz, also written by Gary Golio. He has illustrated more than eighty books for children, among them the Caldecott Medal winner Lon Po Po, which he both wrote and illustrated. He says that his work is inspired by the philosophy of Chinese painting. He lives in Westchester County, New York.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Golio and Young create a lively and poetic homage to Charlie Chaplin. Despite living in poverty, Chaplin's household fostered his love of acting, clowning, and musical theater. Golio's rhythmic prose conjures the spirit of tragicomedy behind Chaplin's performances: "Charlie began to understand/ How Funny and Sad went hand in hand." Young's ink and torn paper collage-work includes newsprint, colored paper, fabrics, and shadowy silhouettes; the sophisticated, abstract images communicate the exaggerated theatricality of silent film, as well as Chaplin's iconic style and underlying complexity. Ages 8-12. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.