When I was little, I was given two beautiful wooden marionettes. I loved the clickety-clack sound the puppets made, but I didn't care as much about making them performI promptly took off their strings in order to figure out what made them move.
Discovering how Tony Sarg, master puppeteer, invented his "upside-down" marionettes led me all over the map from Nantucket to New York City, to the inner workings of Macy's. What I learned surprised and awed me.
I still love taking things apart, and to tell Tony's story, I made toys and puppets out of found objects and simple materials to use in my mixed-media collages.
Get ready for this year's parade by emailing me at email@example.com for a chance to win a signed copy and an Activity Kit.
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"This clever marriage of information and illustration soars high."
"...a joyous piece of nonfiction that informs and delights in equal parts."
Balloons Over Broadway / Melissa Sweet / Houghton Mifflin
Price: $16.95 / ISBN: 978-0547199450 / Published: November, 2011
Ages 4–8 / Hardcover / Picture book