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Happy Book Birthday To SMILE, Illustrated by Ed Young!

Esteemed Caldecott-winning illustrator Ed Young has teamed up with Gary Golio to put out SMILE: HOW YOUNG CHARLIE CHAPLIN TAUGHT THE WORLD TO LAUGH (AND CRY). SMILE published on March 26, 2019 with Candlewick to great reviews.

An award-winning author and a Caldecott Medalist take a creative look at the early life of comedic genius Charlie Chaplin. His dad gone and his mother ailing, five-year-old Charlie found himself onstage, knowing only that funny and sad go hand-in-hand. With a lyrical text and exquisite collage imagery, Gary Golio and Ed Young interpret Charlie Chaplin’s path from his childhood through his beginnings in silent film and the creation of his iconic Little Tramp.


* A lively and poetic homage to Charlie Chaplin…Young’s ink and torn paper collage-work includes newsprint, colored paper, fabrics, and shadowy silhouettes; the sophisticated, abstract images communicate the exaggerated theatricality of silent film, as well as Chaplin’s iconic style and underlying complexity.  —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

* Golio and Young’s final product is one with undeniable appeal…the entire package will indeed bring a smile.  —Booklist (starred review)

Children meet Chaplin in this intimate biography of the iconic silent-film comedian… Readers who watch him waddle their way and extend a wave are certain to return his timeless greeting. —Kirkus Reviews

Thoughtful design presents the blank verse rendered in white on black—or the reverse—paying homage to the subject’s filmmaking, as does the tramp silhouette on the base of each recto that animates when flipped. ­Children will cheer for the class clown’s success. —School Library Journal

You can purchase this fun, colorful masterpiece from these retailers: AmazonPenguin Random House, and Barnes & Noble.

Visit Ed’s website for more information on his art and career!