Tomie DePaola: His Art and His Stories

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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.

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Barbara Elleman lives in Northbrook, Illinois. Tomie dePaola lives in New London, New Hampshire.

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Elleman delves into the life and works of one of children's literature's best-known, most-beloved creators, author-artist Tomie dePaola. An introduction by fellow artist Trina Schart Hyman points out the deceptive simplicity of dePaola's art, and certainly by the end of the book, readers will have renewed respect for both his talent and his hard work. Just as dePaola interweaves his childhood into his books, Elleman skillfully threads dePaola's biography into detailed explorations of his work. Smooth, coherent discussions of text and image are grouped into chapters considering such categories as dePaola's autobiographical, religious, folktale, and Strega Nona books. She is particularly successful in drawing out essential elements of an illustration--taking in everything from a character's eye movement to line, coloration, and use of white space--and articulating the elements so that the less-experienced eye can also find them. Additional chapters, all of which are suffused with the liveliness of dePaola's personality, fill out the picture--from his popularity with folk collectors to his groundbreaking business deal with Putnam. The book design, very much in keeping with dePaola's work, features spacious pages and enticing photographs and artwork. A section of reproductions of dePaola's single paintings adds a fascinating final look at an artist who may be of interest to writers, librarians, parents, and, perhaps most of all, to aspiring artists. Susan Dove Lempke

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