David Wiesner

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David Wiesner
David Wiesner 2011.jpg
Wiesner at the Mazza Museum in 2011
Born (1956-02-05) February 5, 1956 (age 58)
Bridgewater, New Jersey, USA
Occupation Illustrator, writer
Nationality American
Period 1980–present
Genre Children's picture books
Notable works
Notable awards Caldecott Medal
1992, 2002, 2007

David Wiesner (born February 5, 1956) is an American illustrator and writer of children's books, known best for picture books including some that tell stories without words. As an illustrator he has won three Caldecott Medals recognizing the year's "most distinguished American picture book for children"[1] and he was one of five finalists in 2008 for the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest recognition available for creators of children's books.[2]

Life[edit]

Wiesner was born and raised in Bridgewater, New Jersey, and graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a B.F.A. in illustration.

Career[edit]

Wiesner's first book was Honest Andrew, a picture book with text by Gloria Skurzynski, published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich in 1980. That year he also illustrated a novel by Avi, Man From the Sky (Knopf, 1980). After illustrating a dozen or more books with other writer, he and his wife Kim Kahng co-wrote Loathsome Dragon, a picture book with his illustrations that G.P. Putnam's published in 1987. Since then Wiesner has created many picture books solo—as writer and illustrator, or stories without words. Free Fall (Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1988) was a Caldecott Honor Book, or runner-up for the annual Caldecott Medal, conferred by the American Library Association on the illustrator of the year's best-illustrated picture book.[1]

Free Fall was the first example of the predominant style of his solo books, which tell a fantastical, often dream-like story without words, only illustrations. Subsequently he won three Caldecott Medals for solo picture books —Tuesday (1991), The Three Pigs (2001), and Flotsam (2007)— and he was one of the runners-up for Sector 7 (1999). (Marcia Brown also won three Caldecotts, from 1955 to 1983.)[1]

Works[edit]

As writer and illustrator[edit]

  • 1987 Loathsome Dragon, retold by Wiesner and Kim Kahng
  • 1988 Free Fall
  • 1990 Hurricane
  • 1991 Tuesday
  • 1992 June 29, 1999
  • 1999 Sector 7
  • 2001 The Three Pigs
  • 2006 Flotsam[3]
  • 2010 Art & Max
  • 2013 Mr. Wuffles!

As illustrator[edit]

Other[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Caldecott Medal & Honor Books, 1938–Present". Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). American Library Association (ALA).
      "The Randolph Caldecott Medal". ALSC. ALA. Retrieved 2013-07-16.
  2. ^ "IBBY Announces Winners of 2008 Hans Christian Andersen Awards". International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY). Press release 31 March 2008.
      "Hans Christian Andersen Awards". IBBY. Retrieved 2013-07-22.
  3. ^ David Small (November 12, 2006). "Fish in Focus". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-06-16.  Review of Flotsam (Clarion Books, 2007).

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