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Chuck Close Face Book

Chuck Close Face Book

Spring 2012 Non-Fiction
Ages: 8 & Up
Author: Chuck Close
ISBN: 978-1419701630
Hardcover Price: $18.95

Chuck Close is a gifted artist with an inspiring story. He grew up with learning disabilities-dyslexia and face blindness-before anyone knew what they were. He struggled in school. At 11, however, he took an interest in art, pursued it, and became one of the most accomplished portrait artists in the world. Years later, at the height of his career, he was paralyzed by an artery collapse, but it didn't slow him down. He continues to produce great work today.

You can read all of that in Wikipedia. What makes Chuck Close Face Book special (besides his amazing work) is Close's own voice, telling his story and answering the questions of a curious group of 5th-graders.

It's an approachable look at art and the artist who makes it that will engage any reader. Close's casual way of describing the art and his process (both before and after his paralysis) is very appealing. In an age where kids are bombarded with tutors and lessons and camps, it's refreshing to hear Chuck Close tell his informal story. He took an interest in something and pursued it. You can do that, too.

The art and photography included in the book is mesmerizing, it leaps off the page. A great bonus is the paneled section of Close self-portraits, done in several different mediums, which readers can mix and match for effect.

Teresa DiFalco   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Teresa DiFalco is an award-winning ghostwriter, writer, and mother in Vancouver, Washington. She's been a contributing editor for Parents' Choice for over ten years. She's a strong speller, a menace at badminton, and makes a decent soufflé.

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