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SILENT MUSIC: A STORY OF BAGHDAD

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Rumford
Author's First Name: 
James
Publisher: 
Neal Porter
Publication Date: 
2008

Ali, a contemporary boy in Baghdad, loves calligraphy and, just as his hero, Yakut, did in the 13th century, finds creating beauty to be a refuge from the trials of war.  Stylized collage illustrations evoke the elegance of Arabic art.

THE ARRIVAL

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Tan
Author's First Name: 
Shaun
Publisher: 
Arthur A. Levine
Publication Date: 
2007

This wordless graphic novel hauntingly portrays the universality of the immigrant experience as an unnamed man journeys to an unknown land.  Surreal sepia-toned images full of imagination and mystery form a visual tone poem inviting multiple interpretations.

THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Selznick
Author's First Name: 
Brian
Publisher: 
Scholastic
Publication Date: 
2007

Alternating sections of words and bold pictures show how orphaned Hugo, hidden above a Paris train station in 1931, discovers the secret of a broken automaton and its surprising connection to the history of early movies.

ART & MAX

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Wiesner
Author's First Name: 
David
Publisher: 
Clarion
Publication Date: 
2010

In this exploration of creativity, Wiesner deconstructs art itself—layer by layer and line by line—with the help of two lizards, a fan, a vacuum cleaner, and a whole lot of havoc.

HOW TO PAINT THE PORTRAIT OF A BIRD

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Jacques Prévert
Author's First Name: 
Jacques
Illustrator's First Name: 
Mordicai
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Gerstein
Publisher: 
Roaring Brook
Publication Date: 
2007

A mystical text tells a young artist how to attract a bird using only his paintbrush and patience. Pale illustrations gradually accumulate color and texture as he succeeds.

NORTH OF BEAUTIFUL

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Headley
Author's First Name: 
Justina Chen
Publisher: 
Little, Brown
Publication Date: 
2009

A carefully concealed port-wine stain on her cheek and a sarcastic father have controlled collage creator Terra’s perception of herself. She meets Asian-born adoptee Goth, Jacob, who shows her geocaching and encourages her to unpeel her personality’s carefully constructed layers.

BOYS OF STEEL: THE CREATORS OF SUPERMAN

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Nobleman
Author's First Name: 
Marc Tyler
Illustrator's First Name: 
Ross
Illustrator's Last Name: 
MacDonald
Publisher: 
Knopf
Publication Date: 
2008

In the 1930s, when Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster created the first comic book superhero, no one knew then how Superman would grab hold of the American imagination. Don’t miss the afterword to find out what happened next.

MASTERPIECE

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Broach
Author's First Name: 
Elise
Illustrator's First Name: 
Kelly
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Murphy
Publisher: 
Christy Ottaviano
Publication Date: 
2008

Marvin is an artist first and a beetle second. Will James' parents discover who actually drew the beautiful pictures they credit to James? This challenging, quick-paced mystery features a museum heist, a double-crossing art curator, and a little bit of history.

ABC3D

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Bataille
Author's First Name: 
Marion
Publisher: 
Roaring Brook
Publication Date: 
2008

This playful approach to the alphabet uses creative paper engineering, witty pop-ups, moveable designs, and surprising overlays to explore unexpected connections and contrasts between letters.

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