The Life of Grant Wood
Back home in America, Grant asked his sister and his dentist to pose for what would become the founding, iconic image of regionalism and a uniquely American work of art. Grant’s art celebrated hard-working Americans who finally saw themselves in fine art. American Gothic is a picture-book biography that explores the birth of the famous painting, the movement that made it possible, and the artist who created it all.
Praise For American Gothic: The Life of Grant Wood…
"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."
— School Library Journal
"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."
— Publishers Weekly
"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."
— Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Abrams Books for Young Readers, 9781419725333, 40pp.
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
About the Author
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.