Tomfoolery!: Randolph Caldecott and the Rambunctious Coming-Of-Age of Children's Books


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Chronicle Books
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9.6 X 10.6 X 0.3 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author

Michelle Markel writes informative, enjoyable children's books at her home in Los Angeles, California. She's the author of Tyrannosaurus Math (a CCBC Choices Reading List selection), The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau (a PEN/Steven Kroll Award winner and a Parents' Choice Gold Award winner), and Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909 (a Jane Addams Children's Book Award winner, a Bank Street College of Education Flora Stieglitz Straus Award winner, and an NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor book). Visit her at

Barbara McClintock has written and/or illustrated over forty books for children, including her highly acclaimed Adèle and Simon series. Her books have received five New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book awards, three ALA Notable Children's Book citations, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor, and two Golden Kite honors, as well as many other accolades, best book selections, and starred reviews. A self-taught artist, McClintock discovered the work of Randolph Caldecott when she was in her early twenties, and he became a mentor, inspiration, and kindred spirit to her. McClintock lives in Windham, Connecticut, with her partner, the illustrator David A. Johnson, and their four demonstrative cats. You can find her online at


"[An] exuberant tribute to the illustrator who revolutionized children's books." -- Horn Book Magazine, starred review

"This another excellent resource, one that explains not only who Randolph Caldecott was but also why his approach to illustrating books for children has had a lasting impact." -- Booklist, Starred Review

"The historical moment of this innovation is captured with verve and verb-forward flourishes in this lively portrait of a person whose illustration style still inspires contemporary picture book creators." -- Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"A cacophony of verve and frolic, this is biographical storytelling at its absolute best." -- Kirkus, Starred Review

"[H]ere's a high-stepping alternative for younger readers." -- School Library Journal, starred review