Smile: How Young Charlie Chaplin Taught the World to Laugh (and Cry)

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Smile: How Young Charlie Chaplin Taught the World to Laugh (and Cry)

by Gary Golio

Illustrations by Ed Young

First Release:

June 2019

ISBN: 9780763697617

Once there was a little slip of a boy who roamed the streets of London, hungry for life (and maybe a bit of bread). His dad long gone and his actress mother ailing, five-year-old Charlie found himself onstage one day taking his mum 's place, singing and drawing laughs amid a shower of coins. There were times in the poorhouse and times spent sitting in the window at home with Mum, making up funny stories about passersby. And when Charlie described a wobbly old man he saw in baggy clothes, with turned-out feet and a crooked cane, his mother found it sad, but Charlie knew that funny and sad go hand in hand. With a lyrical text and exquisite collage imagery, Gary Golio and Ed Young interpret Charlie Chaplin 's path from his childhood through his beginnings in silent film. Afterword. Facts about Charlie Chaplin. Resources. Selected books and movies. Full-color collage and ink illustrations.

  • ISBN: 9780763697617
    Format: Print Book
    Edition: Hardcover edition
    Publisher: Candlewick
    Page Count: 48
    Trim Size: 8 1/4" x 11"
    Genre: Nonfic
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