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Stevenson, James, 1929-2017.
Publication Information:
New York : Greenwillow Books, 2002.
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48 pages ; 22 cm

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PS3569.T4557 C65 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PS3569.T4557 C65 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PS3569.T4557 C65 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PS3569.T4557 C65 2002 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Author Notes

James Stevenson was born in Manhattan, New York on July 11, 1929. He graduated from Yale University. He was a reporter from Life magazine before being hired by The New Yorker in 1956. He drew 1,988 cartoons, 79 covers, and wrote and illustrated articles including Talk of the Town pieces for the magazine. He also drew editorial cartoons for The New York Times and in 2004 began an occasional series for the Op-Ed page entitled Lost and Found New York, which looked back on people and places of the past.

He wrote and/or illustrated more than 100 children's books including Don't You Know There's a War On, The Worst Person in the World, Higher on the Door, The Mud Flat Olympics, Yard Sale, The Mud Flat Mystery, What's Under My Bed, That Terrible Halloween Night, and Worse Than Willy. In 1987, he won the Caldecott Honor for When I Was Nine. He also wrote novels and an illustrated biography of Frank Modell, a fellow New Yorker cartoonist. He died of pneumonia on February 17, 2017 at the age of 87.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 5-9. Stevenson's gift is to reveal wonder in the ordinary. He sees things with the innocence and freshness of a child; yet his spare words and small, beautiful line-and-watercolor pictures can surprise even sophisticated readers into recognizing what they have taken for granted. From a distance, there's the flush of dawn over New York City. Close up, there's the mystery of walking on the sidewalk and suddenly noticing the strange things you pass every day. One page is like a country scene from Robert Frost: What has the old gate been guarding in the empty field--the rocks? In the pictures there are always empty spaces for children to fill, even in the minute detail of the shoemaker's chaotic shelves and convoluted wheels. Machines are enthralling, as in the transformation of a used-car lot in the snow: now those mounds are hippos, buffaloes, and sheep. The fantasy about everyday objects is comic, wild, and totally logical. "What does ice cream taste like?" the fork asks the spoon. "Delicious!" is the answer. --Hazel Rochman

Publisher's Weekly Review

Fans of James Stevenson's Popcorn and Just Around the Corner will find much to feast upon in Corn-Fed, the latest installment in his breezy series of illustrated poetry. Stevenson turns everyday observances into insightful kernels of truth: "Once a bike has discovered What it's like To run fast and free, It just might try to escape," he writes alongside pen-and-ink and watercolor wash vignettes of locked-up bicycles. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-5-From Sweet Corn (Morrow, 1999) to Just around the Corner (Greenwillow, 2001), Stevenson has been delighting readers with his poetic observations. This sixth collection follows the same format as the others, pairing his verses in varying colors and typefaces with his watercolor sketches. Sadly, most of these selections lack the sense of surprise and delight that was so present in the earlier titles. Still, there's a sense of wonderment and inquisitiveness that will lead readers to look at their own worlds a little more carefully. In "At the Zoo," for instance, Stevenson points out that "Everybody looks at The monkeys, The birds, The snakes, The alligators, The polar bears, The penguins, And the seals. But nobody looks At the pigeons." Several of the poems are concrete, or tied to the illustration, as in "Wondering," in which a picture of a fork asks a picture of a spoon, "What does ice cream taste like?" (The spoon replies "Delicious!"). Libraries without any of Stevenson's "Corn" collections would do best to pick up some of the previous titles. This one is for larger collections.-Nina Lindsay, Oakland Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.