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Mordicai Gerstein, born November 24, 1935 in Los Angeles is an American artist, writer, and film director, best known for illustrating and writing children's books. He illustrated the comic mystery fiction series Something Queer is Going On, 1973 to 2003, written by Elizabeth Levy.
Gerstein won the 2004 Caldecott Medal for U.S. picture book illustration, recognizing The Man Who Walked Between the Towers (Roaring Brook Press, 2003), which he also wrote. Created in response to the September 11 attacks, it features the story of Philippe Petit's unauthorized high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center on August 7, 1974.
Gerstein directed four holiday specials for NBC TV in the late 1970s and early 1980s based on the Berenstain Bears book series, the most notable being The Berenstain Bears' Christmas Tree, which premiered on December 3, 1979.
Gerstein lives in Westhampton, Massachusetts.
Gerstein has written and illustrated the following books,:
Gerstein has written two books that were illustrated by his wife, Susan Yard Harris:
- Daisy's Garden (1995)
- Anytime Mapleson and the Hungry Bears (1990)
Gerstein has also illustrated numerous books by other writers, including:
- Frankenstein Moved In On The Fourth Floor (1981), by Elizabeth Levy
- Dracula Is A Pain in the Neck (1983), by Elizabeth Levy
- Gorgonzola Zombies in the Park (1993), by Elizabeth Levy
- Apple Sauce Season (2009), by Eden Ross Lipson
- How to Paint the Portrait of a Bird (2007), by Jacques Prévert (1900–1977)
- Something Queer Is Going On (1973 to 2003), mystery series by Elizabeth Levy
- Official website
- Mordicai Gerstein at publisher Scholastic
- Mordicai Gerstein at the Internet Movie Database
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