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When Marco is sent into apprenticeship with the young master, Michelangelo Buonarroti, much rides on his success. His father has worked very hard as a chemist so that Marco can have a better life, and the boy simply cannot let his family down. Armed with good advice, but more importantly, secret color formulas that his father has taught him, the boy has a good chance at success.
But then he meets the jealous senior apprentice Ridolfo, and before Marco knows it, he has been tricked into looking like a fool. Time and again, the older boy trips him up, until Marco is certain he will be sent home in disgrace.
When Michelangelo is summoned to Rome by the pope himself, he can only take one apprentice. Ridolfo has no intention of being left behind, but Marco knows the formula for a color Michelangelo can make good use of. When the master not only likes the gift, but demands the formula, Marco is trapped between wanting to go to Rome and betraying his father’s instruction to keep their secrets secret.
In bringing this story to life, Rick Jacobson and Laura Fernandez show a little-known side of the richest artistic era in the history of the world and one of the greatest geniuses of all time.
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Award-winning illustrator Laura Fernandez was born in Spain, and immigrated to Canada as a young child. With Rick Jacobson she is co-owner of Jacobson Fernandez Illustration and Design Inc. The illustration team has won many awards for their work in advertising and publishing, including the Ruth Schwartz Award, the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award, and numerous national and international awards. Laura Fernandez and Rick Jacobson have illustrated over seventeen published children’s books. Laura Fernandez is also a songwriter, performer, and recording artist as well as a New York International Independent Music Festival Award-winner. She resides in Toronto, with her family.
Rick Jacobson has authored three children’s books, and with Laura Fernandez, has illustrated seventeen children’s books. Together they have won awards for their work in advertising and publishing including the Ruth Schwartz Award, the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award and numerous national and international awards including the Toronto Art Directors’ Awards, Communication Arts Magazine’s Award of Excellence, American Illustration Award of Excellence, and the New York Art Directors’ Award of Excellence. He has been featured in Smithsonian magazine and in The Artist’s Magazine. His commissioned portraits include Margaret Atwood, Robertson Davies, Christopher Ondaatje, and David Thomson. He is currently working on a show of his landscape paintings. He lives in Toronto, Canada, with his family.
Grade 3–8—In this vibrant picture book, Marco, the son of a gifted chemist who mixes artists' colors "prized for their brightness and clarity," leaves home to be a junior apprentice for the young Michelangelo Buonarroti. He is greeted by Ridolfo, a slightly older apprentice with a venomous voice, who repeatedly tries to sabotage Marco's position with deliberate lies. Against his better judgment, Marco, who is fearful of being sent back to his father, falls prey time and time again. Finally, Ridolfo's malicious deceit is discovered, and he is sent away for a short time. Though he returns apologetic, he is soon back to his treacherous tricks. When the artist is summoned to Rome by the Pope to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, he will take only one apprentice along, and Marco is determined to be the one. The emerald green he mixes from a family recipe finally pleases the demanding man, who presses the boy for the ingredients. Marco refuses to betray his father's secrets, and, to his surprise, he is chosen; in the end, it is his honorable character that wins him the prized position. The watercolor illustrations effectively portray Michelangelo as the fierce, evil-tempered monster he is described to be; one intense, full-page close-up reveals a madman working through the night wearing a hat with a brim full of candles. An author's note provides more information, though this book offers more about character than about the artist and his works.—Barbara Auerbach, New York City Public Schools
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Book Description Tundra Books, 2008. Condition: New. Rick Jacobson; Laura Fernandez (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0887767834
Book Description Tundra Books, 2008. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0887767834
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