Ezra Jack Keats

Ezra Jack Keats

A Biography With Illustrations

Book - 1995
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Baker & Taylor
Traces the life of the author/illustrator, and describes the inspiration for some of his work

Publisher: New York : Silver Moon Press, c1995
Edition: 1st Silver Moon Press ed
ISBN: 9781881889656
Branch Call Number: J B KEATS
Characteristics: 81 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm


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Jul 20, 2010

He was born Jack Ezra Katz, but you know and love him as Ezra Jack Keats (1916-1983), author of The Snowy Day, Whistle for Willie, Goggles!, and many others. From his penny-pinching childhood in the Great Depression to his years inking comics for Five-Star Comics (creators of Captain Marvel) to his experiments with fabric and collage, art was a crucial comfort for Keats. In this biography, the events of Keats? life are illustrated by his own artwork. When little boy Ezra gets picked on by bullies in his Brooklyn neighborhood, we see an illustration of a similar scene from Goggles!. When Ezra explores the city of Paris as a struggling young artist, we see a self-portrait on a colorful Parisian street. And when Ezra realizes that there are very few black children in picture books and creates his hero Peter, we see that iconic image from The Snowy Day of little Peter in his red hood and his footprints in the snow. Ezra?s life is reconstructed in a simple, straightforward narrative that rolls along like a storybook. It?s a heartfelt, poignant tribute to an award-winning artist, written by people who knew (Florence B. Freedman was his high school teacher!) and loved him.


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