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Golio, Gary

Smile: How Young Charlie Chaplin Taught the World to Laugh (and Cry)

(4) K-3 Illustrated by Ed Young. While based on cited research, this biography doesn't quite bring to life Chaplin's groundbreaking artistry. The free-verse text, rhyming occasionally and erratically, unpredictably switches from silent film cards to text blocks within illustrations.Young's collage and ink art, which is full of texture, color, and pattern, doesn't capture facial and body expression--a strange choice for a book about a celebrated visual communicator. Reading list.


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