Review: Randolph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing



Title: Randolph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing
Author: Leonard S. Marcus
Illustrator: Randolph Caldecott
Publisher: Farrar Straus and Giroux
Year: 2013
Ages: 10 – 14

Written by the prominent children's books scholar Leonard S. Marcus, Randolph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing accounts how Randolph Caldecott became the father of modern children's books. Caldecott started drawing since an early age, but his practical father advised him to pursue a suitable career as a bank's clerk. Caldecott, however, decided that his art would make possible a future out of the bank. 

The 19th century was characterized by the effects of the Industrial Revolution. Steam power, railways, and other inventions made this an era of movement. As distances decreased, the flow of ideas and news incremented. Newspapers became popular and so the illustrations in them. Caldecott took art classes, practiced constantly, met with the right people, and never stopped pursuing his dream. After much persistence, travel, and work, he became one of most famous illustrators of his time. What is more, the prestigious Randolph Caldecott Medal was named after him. 

Illustration within Randolph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing.

Leonard S. Marcus did a great amount of research for this book, which is dutifully noted at the end of the book. The account is accompanied by Caldecott's most renowned illustrations and unpublished sketches. One can't stop observing his beautiful and vintage illustrations. The book also includes a timeline of his life and lists of his publications. 

More illustrations within the book.


I love old, antique, and vintage things. Among my most precious possessions is a 400+ years key to a house in a historical Spanish town. Even though this book is new (2013), it brings back the past thanks to the use of Caldecott's illustrations. It is a precious. My sister and I determine a book is a precious if it is rare, old, amazing, or a mix of these qualities. Leonard S. Marcus, Randolph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing is an amazing book that can pass as an old book.

I recommend this book for anyone who loves history and art. Middle schoolers and teens looking for a good biography to read, this is it. 



Rating: 5 stars




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