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 Just Jerry : how drawing shaped my life
 Author: Pinkney, Jerry

 Publisher:  Little, Brown (2023)

 Dewey: 759
 Classification: Autobiography
 Physical Description: 146 p., ill., 23 cm

 BTSB No: 718977 ISBN: 9780316383851
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Pinkney, Jerry
 Illustrators -- United States -- Biography
 African American illustrators -- Biography

Price: $22.58

Jerry Pinkney, Caldecott Medal winner and illustrator of over one hundred books, tells the story of his childhood and how he developed his artistic talent.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 6.10
   Points: 3.0   Quiz: 520714

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (11/01/22)
   School Library Journal (+) (02/01/23)
   Booklist (+) (12/01/23)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/01/23)
 The Hornbook (+) (00/01/23)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 01/01/2023 *Starred Review* Pinkney recalls his youth in this lively memoir, beginning with his childhood in the 1940s. One of six children growing up with their parents in a tight-knit Black community in Philadelphia, he joined his friends outdoors to race around the neighborhood, play cowboys, and shinny up lampposts. At home, he would take out his sketch pad and pencil and draw. The narrative includes pleasures and challenges brought by family excursions to the beach and the countryside, as well as his undiagnosed dyslexia, which made schoolwork difficult. At 13, selling newspapers on a street corner, he met an artist who looked through his sketch pad, took an interest in his work, and encouraged him to pursue a career in art. Vivid, detailed memories bring the era to life, and dialogue with friends and family includes their concerns about racial prejudice affecting their lives. Throughout the book, Pinkney’s illustrations add an expressive, visual component to his storytelling. Because he was working on his memoir when he died in 2021, the pictures are graphite sketches rather than the finished art he had planned. But the look of the sketches, full of vitality and grace, is all his own. A unique resource created by one of America’s most beloved illustrators. - Copyright 2023 Booklist.

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