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

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Smile: How Young Charlie Chaplin Taught the World to Laugh (and Cry)
Written by Gary Golio
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9780763697617
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Smile: How Young Charlie Chaplin Taught the World to Laugh (and Cry)

author: Gary Golio
illustrator: Ed Young

Once there was a little slip of a boy who roamed the streets of London, hungry for life (and maybe a bit of bread). His dad long gone and his actress mother ailing, five-year-old Charlie found himself onstage one day taking his mumís place, singing and drawing laughs amid a shower of coins. There were times in the poorhouse and times spent sitting in the window at home with Mum, making up funny stories about passersby. And when Charlie described a wobbly old man he saw in baggy clothes, with turned-out feet and a crooked cane, his mother found it sad, but Charlie knew that funny and sad go hand in hand. With a lyrical text and exquisite collage imagery, Gary Golio and Ed Young interpret Charlie Chaplinís path from his childhood through his beginnings in silent film and the creation of his iconic Little Tramp. Keen-eyed readers will notice a silhouette of the Little Tramp throughout the book that becomes animated with a flip of the pages. An afterword fills in facts about the beloved performer who became one of the most famous entertainers of all time.

An award-winning author and a Caldecott Medalist take a creative look at the early life of comedic genius Charlie Chaplin.
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Non-Fiction - Picture Book / Hardback
age range:
8 yrs - 12 yrs
# of pages/size:
48 / 8 1/4" x 11"
grade range:
Grade 3 - Grade 7
Biography & Autobiography; Performing Arts;
author’s comments:
Gary Golio is the author of Bird & Diz, also illustrated by Ed Young. He has written several best-selling and award-winning picture-book biographies, including Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow, When Bob Met Woody, and Spirit Seeker: John Coltraneís Musical Journey. Gary Golio lives in Hudson Valley, New York.
illustrator’s comments:
Ed Young (1931-2023) was the illustrator of more than one hundred books for children, many of which he also wrote. Among them is the Caldecott Medal winner Lon Po Po, which he both wrote and illustrated, as well as Bird & Diz and Smile: How Young Charlie Chaplin Taught the World to Laugh (and Cry), both by Gary Golio. Ed Young's artwork was inspired by the philosophy of Chinese painting.
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