American Gothic (Hardcover)

The Life of Grant Wood

By Susan Wood, Ross MacDonald (Illustrator)

Harry N. Abrams, 9781419725333, 40pp.

Publication Date: September 5, 2017

List Price: 18.95*
* Individual store prices may vary.


About the Author

Susan Wood is the author of many picture books, including American Gothic and Esquivel! She lives in Norfolk, Virginia. Visit her online at susanwoodbooks.com.
 


Ross MacDonald is the award-winning illustrator of Hey Batta Batta Swing!; Another Perfect Day; and Hit the Road, Jack. His illustrations appear in Vanity Fair, the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Atlantic, Newsweek, Time, the Wall Street Journal, Harper’s, and Rolling Stone. He lives in Connecticut, where he operates Brightwork Press.


Praise For American Gothic: The Life of Grant Wood

"Young readers are treated to a crash course in modern art while witnessing Wood's evolution as an artist. A sunny palette of yellows, greens, and browns is perfect for Wood's regionalist art and the inspirational tone of the volume."


"MacDonald’s watercolor illustrations show the diligent, bespectacled painter, always clad in denim overalls, looking at art, painting at an easel, and gazing at the rolling Iowa fields he loved so much, and he nicely mimics the bright colors and naturalistic lines of Grant Wood’s own paintings."



"An introduction to the artist, the movement, and the famous painting, this book illuminates and exalts the U.S. artist who followed his heart and drew what he knew best...Designed to be read aloud and enjoyed by all ages."


**STARRED REVIEW**
"MacDonald’s illustrations are, as usual, a celebration of America’s yesteryears, and are ideally suited to the rural, regional focus that Wood brought to his art...an inspiring study of an artist who learned to find beauty, truth, and inspiration in the people and landscape of his home."


"Susan Wood addresses head-on some of the debates and myths surrounding the cryptic figures of the iconic pitchfork and its dour owners...MacDonald is an ideal choice for illustrator, with his signature retro style and saturated colors."