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Author/Illustrator Study

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Author/Illustrator Study James Marshall James Marshall Before he began his career as an author/illustrator, Marshall worked briefly as a Spanish teacher at a Catholic school in Boston. This was surprising because he had earned two degrees- in history and French! Inspiration for his first book: James was born on October 10, 1942 in San Antonio, Texas. He grew up on a family farm. His father played in a band and his mother sang in the church choir, so Marshall had a great appreciation for music and actually wanted to play the viola for a living. He got a scholarship to the New England Conservatory for Music in Boston, but his musical career ended early when he injured his hand. Marshall returned to Texas and attended San Antonio College followed by Trinity College, which is where he meet Harry Allard, who was actually one of his French professors. The two men would later go on create 10 books together, such as Miss Nelson is Missing! and The Stupids Have a Ball. In 1971, while relaxing and drawing at his parents' house, he got inspiration for his first characters by listening to a tv show called Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf. The main characters of the show were George and Martha, who would later become the star hippos in his children's books. James had found his new profession. Finding a Profession: College Education: Marshall's Career: In the 21 years, that he worked as an author and illustrator, James Marshall created or collaborated on more than 65 children's books. Marshall's Most Well Known Book Series: Fox Series: written as Edward Marshall The Cut Ups: George and Martha: Miss Nelson: Marshall's Most Prestigious Awards: -Caldecott Honor's Award in 1989 for Goldilocks and the Three Bears -Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal in 2007 Marshall's Final Days: James died in his home in Manhattan on October 13, 1992 at the age of 50 from a brain tumor. He was survived by his parents Cecille and George Marshall and a sister, Cynthia Gardner. The Stupids: Harry Allard was the author and James Marshall did the illustrations. This book series was adapted for a movie in 1996 starring Tom Arnold. This book series was adapted into a cartoon for tv in 1999. References: 2 of the books from this series, The Stupids Have a Ball and The Stupids Die have been banned by some libraries and schools in the United States. Controversy Surrounding "The Stupids" Series The Stupids Have a Ball was banned because the parents throw a party when their children fail all of their classes. It was banned because this promotes negative behavior and low self esteem. The Stupids Die was banned because the word "die" is used in the title, and this was seen as being inappropriate for a childrens book. Also, many parents and teachers are strongly opposed to the word "stupid", so this has created a lot of controversy as well. On the other hand, The Stupids Have a Ball won a Parent's Choics Award from Houghton Mifflin Co. in 1984. Kim (2009, June 26). No. 26 The Stupids by Harry Allard. The Daily Banning. Retrieved from
http://thedailybanning.blogspot.com/2009/06/no-26-stupids-by-harry-allard.html Lambert, B. (1992, October 15). James Marshall, 50, an Illustrator and Author for Children Dies. New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/1992/10/15/arts/james-marshall-50-an-illustrator-and-an-author-for-children-dies.html Written by Harry Allard Illustrations by James Marshall James Marshall- about James Marshall.(2000). Retrieved October 1, 2012, from Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers website, http://us.penguingroup.com/nf/Author/AuthorPage/0,,1000020834,00.html Picture Book Author of the Month- James Marshall. Retrieved October,1, 2012, from Greenville Public Library website, http://www.yourlibrary.ws/childrens_webpage/e-author102001.htm The Stupids Have a Ball.(1984). Retrieved October,1,2012, from Parent's Choice Awards website, http://www.parents-choice.org/product.cfm?product_id=15775&award=xx&from=Houghton%20Mifflin%20Co.
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