Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 4 Up–Enthusiasm for Politi's wonderful body of work will hopefully be renewed by this engaging biography. The author succinctly summarizes the artist's early life, paying particular attention to those influences that would later be reflected in his art and writing. The account of young Leo's devotion to his Indian chief's suit resonates with humor and foreshadows the imagination and pageantry in his later work. Budding artists will be especially drawn to Politi's single-minded pursuit of his vocation. The artist's paintings and drawings are spread liberally throughout the book to illustrate different phases of his creative development. Quotes from interviews with people who were close to him also bring his passions and interests to life. Long before multiculturalism was fashionable, Politi blazed a trail by portraying the vibrant ethnic communities of Los Angeles in his many children's books. Additionally, his devotion to architecture and historical preservation is reflected by several titles aimed at both children and adults. Readers unfamiliar with this amazing contributor to children's literature will undoubtedly be inspired to revisit many of his classic picture books–that is, if they can find them in their local libraries. All but Song of the Swallows (Scribner, 1949) are currently out of print.–Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA
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. . . this perceptive portrait should go far toward rekindling interest in [the] artist and writer . . . -- Kirkus Review, December 15, 2004

In 13 beautifully written chapters, Leo Politi’s magical life story is told simply and gracefully by Stalcup . . . -- Topanga Messenger, April 2005