A Boy Named Carl …

h1 December 4th, 2014 by jules


The book’s opening endpapers (without text): “‘Imagination will often carry us
to worlds that never were, but without it we go nowhere.’ — Carl Sagan”

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Last week, I chatted over at Kirkus with author-illustrator Stephanie Roth Sisson about Star Stuff, her new picture book biography of Carl Sagan (which Horn Book just gave a starred review). That link is here, and I wanted to be sure to follow up this week with some art from the book. Stephanie also sent some early dummy images, sketches, etc. Several of the dummy images below were later changed, so if you’ve seen the book, it’s fascinating to see these earlier images.

I thank Stephanie for sharing. Enjoy!



 


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A final spread from the book (without text): “He read stories written by people who imagined what life might be like on other planets. His favorite character, John Carter, could stand with his arms outstretched and wish himself to Mars …”
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An illustration not in the book …
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STAR STUFF. Copyright © 2014 by Stephanie Roth Sisson. Published by Roaring Brook Press, New York. All images here are reproduced by permission of the author.

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One comment to “A Boy Named Carl …”

  1. Oh, my WORD. I can see I’m going to have to buy two copies of this book, because it is entirely worth it to take one apart to frame those endpapers and that lovely 8th illustration of the cut-out boy against the backdrop of the stars. That. Is. Beautiful.

    Wouldn’t Dr. Carl be tickled?


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