I knew nothing regarding Randolph Caldecott prior to reading this wonderful book by Leonard Marcus. Needless to say, I have learned a lot about this famous artist and namesake of the famous picture book award. I especially enjoyed how the author included many of Caldecott’s illustrations throughout the book and how he drew the connection between Caldecott and children book authors/illustrators who were greatly influenced by him, such as Beatrice Potter and Maurice Sendak.
This book would definitely be a great addition to a class study of the Caldecott Award. It would also be interesting to compare Randolph Caldecott’s story to Allen Say’s Drawing From Memory. The journey of an artist is one that takes courage and reading Caldecott’s story could certainly help provide one with a little extra courage for the long trip.