He created endlessly, tied all the scrap paper drawings together to little books, and piled them up in the abandoned chicken house he lived in for 30 years.
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To draw this story Allen Say did a lot of research. In order to tell the story of James Castle he tried to see and feel young James's silent world through his eyes. Making this book he experienced and used a lot of the techniques James did and while I was searching the internet to have a look at the original artwork I really thought he succeeded in doing so.
All has resulted in this beautiful gripping book for which he got this years Schneider's Family Book Award. Although the story is quite depressing, it does have a happy end, the last 15 years of James's life he could live the life he always wanted in his own Dream House, a two-room mobile home. Oct 13, Krista the Krazy Kataloguer rated it really liked it Shelves: I think what will appeal to young readers here is the fact that James Castle was deaf, mute, autistic, possibly dyslexic, illiterate, and never learned to speak or use sign language, yet taught himself to draw.
I certainly was amazed. Allen Say describes James' hard life and the progress of his artistic output. Sadly, he was never recognized for his talent until toward the end of his life. Say's illustrations here imitate the style of James' art, making the reader feel as if he were looking at a I think what will appeal to young readers here is the fact that James Castle was deaf, mute, autistic, possibly dyslexic, illiterate, and never learned to speak or use sign language, yet taught himself to draw. Say's illustrations here imitate the style of James' art, making the reader feel as if he were looking at a scrapbook about his life.
An author's note at the end reveals more about James' life and describes how Say studied and imitated his art, which consisted principally but not always of drawings. Certainly this book will appeal to anyone who likes to draw. Highly recommended for its unusual subject. Aside from being full of conjecture, this "biography" about an artist doesn't even feature any pictures of the artist's work!
Allen Say instead did all the drawings, imitating Castle's style.
I don't think I've ever come across anything as blatantly self-serving. It would be like writing a biography of Picasso, recreating all his pieces yourself, and expecting accolades. In addition, the book is told from the point of view of a nephew, who is apparently real, but definitely isn't Allen Um In addition, the book is told from the point of view of a nephew, who is apparently real, but definitely isn't Allen Say. It even says on the copyright page that this is a work of fiction and doesn't claim to be historically accurate.
I'm sorry, but I really don't understand the point of this.
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Dec 04, Elaine rated it liked it. Fascinating fictional biography but it's unclear who created the artwork in the book. Did Say do it all or is some of it the subject of the bio, James Castle? If it's all Say's artwork in Castle's style, it's wonderful, of course, but might leave a reader wanting to see Castle's actual work here. Oct 31, Donalyn rated it it was amazing Shelves: Stunning biography of artist James Castile. Didn't seem to fit the intended audience. Apr 09, Patricia rated it did not like it Shelves: It just got more confusing from that point.
Is this a true story nonfiction, b Read for Librarian Book Group Five stars for introducing me to the art of James Castle, someone I'd never heard of, despite being raised in Idaho. Is this a true story nonfiction, biography or a made-up story based on a real person's life? Some of the illustrations were stunning, but when the family of the subject sues an author to keep them from publishing their book, and one of the sources cited in the bibliography states that he thinks Allen Say didn't actually read his book, and other people are saying outright that Allen Say made up his own facts, I think this book can be marked as a swing and a miss.
I'm not sure why it won the Schneider Family Book Award. Jul 10, Pam Page rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is now my favorite Allen Say book and perhaps my favorite children's biography of the year! This is a hard story to read as you learn about the life of James Castle. I could not help but think throughout the story, "What if? What if he had been encouraged in his art throughout the years? What if he had friends? I think children reading this will have the same reactions and more! A great book to read aloud to children and talk about Jame This is now my favorite Allen Say book and perhaps my favorite children's biography of the year!
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A great book to read aloud to children and talk about James Castle and his contributions to the world. I found this website that shares more of James' work: Jul 16, Danielle rated it it was amazing Shelves: All the stars for this incredible book. Allen Say often tells stories of family, and this is a story about someone else's family. From the perspective of his nephew, this book chronicles the life and art of James Castle. It is a painful story. A story of someone whose art was his world, his way of communicating, the thing that, I imagine, sustained him. Apr 09, Jasmine added it Shelves: Beautiful art and an interesting story.
I'm glad to have read this one and learned about the artist. I am, however— boy howdy does this one pull the whole concept of "intellectual property" into question.
So it's told from the point of view of a relative of the artist in question, in their voice. The author's note at the back makes clear that the relative's story was pulled on heavily for the book. But it wasn't until reading the author's note that I realized that the author's nam Whooooooo boy. But it wasn't until reading the author's note that I realized that the author's name is not the relative's name.
The relative doesn't get an author credit. And the illustrations are a combination of illustrations in the artist's style depicting his life, and actual copies of the art. But there are no pictures of the actual art, just copies. I mean I read this one knowing that the publisher had been sued by the artist's estate , but I would have had questions due to the authorial voice. But knowing that there's also questions about the pictures themselves— uhhhhh????
And that's not even touching the whole thing where the artist's family spent most of their lives ignoring their relative and calling him names, until they found that his art made money, whereupon they were eager to take it off the walls of his studio and sell it. View all 4 comments. Feb 17, Heidi Burkhart rated it it was amazing.
A beautifully written and illustrated picture book about an artist from Idaho named James Castle who was deaf and mute, likely autistic and dyslexic as well. Feb 15, Amanda rated it really liked it Shelves: Wow, what a life. Bring on the feels for James Castle and his art. I just want to give him a hug, which he probably would not have wanted nor appreciated.
Beautifully written and illustrated. Say has done it again! The author's note in the back is a must read. Jan 30, Kim rated it it was amazing Shelves: I don't know what to say about this brilliant book. I had to stop reading many times, pierced through with extreme emotion. The book relates the story of James Castle, a self-taught artist, born deaf and mute, but indefatigable in pursuit of his inner vision. The things he endured humbles me. Allen Say--I knew you were a genius--but you also have a soul as wide as the sea. Dec 09, Meredith rated it liked it Shelves: It was very well done, but my god, it was depressing.
May 14, Alex not a dude Baugh rated it really liked it Shelves: One of the great things about picture books for older readers is that they can make all kinds of interesting information easily accessible and available for them. Such is the case of this fictionalized biography of artist James Castle. Told from the point of view of James' nephew, Robert "Bob" Beach, he tell us that his uncle was born two months premature and profoundly deaf in Right from the start, James was afraid of movement, but fascinated by stationary things, particularly pictures.
A One of the great things about picture books for older readers is that they can make all kinds of interesting information easily accessible and available for them. As he got older, James was compelled to drew, but lacking any art supplies, he would collect paper from the trash and using burnt matchsticks for create his pictures. Sadly, it didn't take long for people to start calling him Dummy or Crazy Jimmy, and whenever he would shriek in frustration, his father would hit him and lock him in the attic. At age 10, James was sent to the Idaho School for the Deaf, where he never learned to read or write, but spent as much time as he could in the library or drawing.
Sent home after 5 years, James continued to draw the world as he experienced it, often using nothing more than soot and spit. James made thousands to drawings while living in outbuilding on this family's various homes, but each time they moved, the drawings were left behind.
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Eventually, thanks to his nephew Bob, James's work came to the attention of an art teacher and an exhibition was arranged, followed by gallery shows and the sale of his drawings gave him some financial security. This is probably one of the saddest, most poignant biographies I've ever read. It's hard to imagine what it must have been like inside James Castle's head. Never having heard anyone speak, he had no other way to express himself except through his art, yet his compulsion to keep drawing in the face of abuse, lack of materials, and a world that didn't understand him speaks volumes about the power of art as a means of expression.
Castle's style, big, blocky surreal images, people with no faces, and an alphabet of his own invention, is reproduced by Say in this biography, who used the same kinds of materials Castle had at his disposal. Illustrations that reflect Castle's life not his art are done in watercolor using the same style, as if to suggest that was how James perhaps saw the world.
There is some speculation that James Castle, in addition to being profoundly deaf, might also have been dyslexic. Feb 05, Ms. Yingling rated it liked it. Artist James Castle was born with many problems right before the turn of the last century. If you can think of anything then its possible that your dream is about that very issue. So if you have a silence dream it could capture your thoughts from yesterday such as "At last all the problems have been solved and we can sit down and get on with life.
In practice your mind will only focus on silence in so many ways - there are only a limited number of situations where silence is crucial. Did you "stay silent" when people expected you to "speak out". Did no one say anything yesterday when it was obvious that some rule was broken. Your dream may not seem connected in any way at all yet this is the way that dreams work.
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Please try again later. The story goes straight to the heart. This is beautifully done. The story about how this story came to be written is also fascinating. Reading is not a first choice activity for my granddaughter, but she was pulled into this book and really wanted to know about James Castle. I loved the use of charcoal, and other simple tools, to create compelling pictures. Allen Say really captures the spirit of a man's life and passion.
I bought the book to donate to my school library. Several teachers picked it up first. This book is a handsome and graceful tribute to the life of an Idaho artist who overcame serious obstacles. As a teacher, I recommend it and find it an invaluable contribution. This book is exquisitely beautiful in every way. It's a beautiful story. It reaffirms what a consummate author Allen Say is. He celebrates James Castle and introduces his art to many who haven't heard of him. Say's compassion in approaching understanding of this amazing man is only bested by his exquisite renderings of Castle's drawings, attempting to see and interpret life the way Castle might have.
Too bad he wasn't allowed to use the real drawings and constructs of James castle, but that limitation allowed Allen Say to further express his own genius. Gorgeous and absolutely a must add to your classroom. My daughter and I loved the story. It is incredibly inspirational and I am glad we had the opportunity to meet James Castle and his artwork.
The story will bring you to tears at times. I would like to think that people born differently are treated better these days but truthfully I doubt it. The lack of meaningful inclusion even at our neighborhood schools is a testament to that. It seems they treated him better than most of the family. Still, the neighborhood kids tormented him and tore up his art. We were also really, really happy that Castle got to see his work exhibited and finally got his own house.