Workshop by Andrew Clements, David Wisniewski - First Edition Children's Books - Vintage Child Book, Carpentry, Carousel

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First edition of Workshop by Andrew Clements and David Wisniewski: Cut paper illustrates a carpenter and apprentice building a carousel.

Written by Andrew Clements, illustrated by David Wisniewski. April 1999, first edition, first printing. Houghton Mifflin Company.

A carpenter and his apprentice build a carousel, and each set of pictures descibes a tool. Axe, saw, hammer, anvil, grinder, chisel, shears, knife, screwdriver, drill, pliers, wrench.

The process of building this book is no less impressive than building a carousel.

Wisniewski (1953 - 2002) won the 1997 Caldecott Medal for Golem and also illustrated Elfwyn's Saga, Rain Player and The Wave of the Sea-Wolf, and The Secret Life of Grown-Ups.

An interview with Wisniewski in Publisher's Weekly:

"[Wisniewski's] closely observed settings are constructed from cut paper, which he slices into intricate overlapping filigrees and tacks into place with pieces of photo-mounting tape. Even the tiniest details, confetti-size snips that resemble opaque paint dots, are minuscule pieces of paper.

When beginning a project, Wisniewski first does a set of color sketches. He expands these pieces into black-and-white drawings. Later, he will use the sketches as carbon-paper transfers and as templates for his cutout shapes. Finally, he colors the black-and-whites, chooses a palette and orders colored paper. With the layout and color scheme finalized, Wisniewski sets about cutting and pasting units that will join together in coherent finished pieces."

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Andrew Clements is an award-winning children's book author with an extensive booklist and a devoted fan base.

From a School Library Journal review:

"If you’re a children’s librarian then you are probably well and truly familiar with the gaps that consistently appear in the Andrew Clements portion of your fiction shelves. Talk about a guy who has made his name memorable to kids. If they’re not devouring School Story then they’re giggling over No Talking or A Week in the Woods. And it all started with Frindle. A little book. A little idea. A title that never received an ALA Awards and yet is one of the most memorable titles to be released in the last 15 years."

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Condition*: Very Good/Fine. The front endpaper was folded, as shown in the photo.

*Based on guidelines of the Independent Online Booksellers' Association.
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