Remy Charlip

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Abraham Remy Charlip (January 10, 1929 – August 14, 2012) was an American artist, writer, choreographer, theatre director, theatrical designer, and teacher. He wrote or illustrated 29 children's books.

Life and career[edit]

Charlip studied art at Straubenmuller Textile High School in Manhattan, and fine arts at Cooper Union in New York, graduating in 1949.

In the 1960s Charlip created a unique form of choreography, which he called "air mail dances". He would send a set of drawings to a dance company, and the dancers would then order the positions and create transitions and context, without Charlip's further participation.

Charlip performed with composer John Cage, and was a founding member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, for which he also designed sets and costumes. He directed plays for the Judson Poets Theatre, co-founded the Paper Bag Players children's theater company, and served as head of the Children's Theater and Literature Department at Sarah Lawrence College. Off-Broadway, he was the "Stage Director" of a 1962 production of Bertolt Brecht's Man Is Man for Julian Beck's Living Theatre, for which he received his first of two Obie Awards,[1] and designed the set for the American Place Theatre production of Paul Goodman's Jonah in 1966.[2] He won three New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year citations, and was awarded a six-month residency in Kyoto, Japan from the Japan/U.S. Commission on the Arts.

Charlip was the model for illustrations of Georges Méliès in the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret, written and illustrated by Brian Selznick.[3]

He moved to San Francisco in 1989, and worked with local arts groups, including the Oakland Ballet. He died in San Francisco in 2012.[4][5][6]


Children's books[edit]

  • 1956 Dress Up and Let's Have a Party. Scott.
  • 1957 Where is Everybody?. Scott.
  • 1957 It Looks Like Snow Greenwillow, reprint 2000, On Dirait Qu'il Neige
  • 1962 The Tree Angel Knopf.
  • 1964 Fortunately. Parents Magazine Press. Reprinted by Scholastic Book Services in 1969 with the Title What Good Luck! What Bad Luck!
  • 1966 Mother, Mother, I Feel Sick, Send for the Doctor, Quick, Quick, Quick. Four Winds Press
  • 1969 Arm in Arm (A Collection of Connections, Endless Tales, Reiterations, and other Echolalia). ISBN 0-590-07758-9.
  • 1973 Harlequin and the Gift of Many Colors.
  • 1975 Thirteen, with Jerry Joyner. Four Winds Press/MacMillan Publishing
  • 1987 Handtalk Birthday Four Winds Press
  • 1999 Peanut Butter Party. Tricycle Press.
  • 1999 Sleepytime Rhyme. Tricycle Press. Greenwillow Books. ISBN 0-688-16271-1
  • 2000 Why I Will Never Ever Ever Ever Have Enough Time to Read This Book. Tricycle Press.
  • 2007 A Perfect Day. Greenwillow Books. ISBN 978-0-06-051972-8.



  1. ^ "Man is Man" Archived 2012-10-21 at the Wayback Machine on the IOBDb
  2. ^ "Jonah" Archived 2007-09-13 at the Wayback Machine on the IOBDb
  3. ^ Selznick, Brian. "About Remy Charlip". The Invention of Hugo Cabaret. Retrieved 2011-11-23.
  4. ^ "Classified Death Notice". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
  5. ^ "Birthdays of Children's Authors and Illustrators". On-Lion for Kids. New York Public Library. Archived from the original on 2011-11-07. Retrieved 2011-11-23. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ Palevsky, Stacey. "Drawing inspiration: Not even a stroke can halt prolific S.F. children’s book artist" (July 30, 2009)
  7. ^ a b c d Siegel, Marcia B. The Tail of the Dragon: New Dance, 1976-1982 Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press, 1991. pp.38-40
  8. ^ a b McDonagh, Don. The Rise and Fall and Rise of Modern Dance New York:Outerbridge & Dienstfrey, 1970. p.98


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