Praise and Reviews
"In a biography both concrete and touched with whimsy, Going introduces Frank Lloyd Wright, first as the boy who became intrigued with shapes, and then as the man who changed the world of architecture...A robust two-page spread shows young Frank stacking, building, and knocking them down...The observations delight as well as linger, and a grown Frank, still inspired by his childhood blocks and memories of life out of doors, uses these ideas in his career as an architect. “When other architects chose walls, he chose windows,” says Going, and, indeed, the illustrations show Wright’s intricate glass creations from his many structures (identified in the back matter). Although some of the depictions of his buildings, several to a page, are too small to appreciate, they do generate an overall sense of the artist’s range. The simplicity of Going’s words work neatly in tandem with Stringer’s artwork, reminiscent of illustrations of the 1930s and 1940s. A spot-on introduction to Wright and an evocative recognition of the way a child is father to the man."— Ilene Cooper
"A whimsical look at the life of one of the best-known American architects... Art and text work together to convey an inevitability to Wright's growth toward his famous Prairie style architecture. Stringer's watercolor illustrations depict the contrasting yet complementary geometric shapes and curved lines that characterize Wright's work. The book's strong design begins with its nearly square shape and a cover that's reminiscent of one of Wright's leaded stained glass windows. The theme of windows looking out onto the world is evident throughout, incorporating elements unique to Wright's style. Rich colors are balanced with a clear, direct storyline that will capture children's natural interest in the stuff of imagination. Simple prose set in a light type that reflects Wright's art serves as a jumping-off point for each of the expansive illustrations, giving young readers ample opportunity to discover hidden gems in the pages, such as the red squares that are scattered throughout Wright's work. A lovely introduction to the impact that a creative mind can have on the world."
"This picture book biography of Frank Lloyd Wright addresses the question: Do seeds planted early in life bloom into greatness? ... Going’s focus on a successful career born of childhood passions keeps the narrative child-friendly and seamless. Acrylic, gouache, watercolor, and colored pencil illustrations depict many of Wright’s more famous structures, such as Fallingwater and the Guggenheim Museum, using earth tones that reflect Wright’s reverence for nature. The book is designed in a square format, echoing Wright’s distinctive red square signature. VERDICT A pleasing addition to picture book biography or art collections for children. "
--School Library Journal
"I know what you’re thinking. You’re wondering if this book covers the whole two families aspect of Mr. Wright’s life. You may also be wondering how such a nasty individual translates to the picture book format. Well, Going had the idea of making it more about his influences than his life. In that vein the book examines the mark of nature on the works he created. And THAT is worthy of a book for kids, you bet."
--A Fuse #8 Production by Elizabeth Bird
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