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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  572 ratings  ·  142 reviews
This fascinating, interactive autobiography presents Chuck Close’s story, his art, and a discussion of the many processes he uses in the studio. The question-and-answer format is based on real kids’ inquiries about Close’s life and work, and his answers to them. Close, who is wheelchair-bound and paints with a brush strapped to his arm, discusses the severe dyslexia and fa ...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Harry N. Abrams

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marcy marshall
Are you into art are reading? If you answered yes then "Chuck Close Face book", is a perfect book for you it give you that side of art that you may love. This is a autography type of book that show you (the reader)the artist chuck point of view in art and why he became a artist in the first place.

This story take place in the childhood of chuck close. Chuck close is a about a man telling his life story and why he does what he does, chuck is a artist and all ways wanted to be since he was a little
I have always thought that art by Chuck Close was a little odd - maybe even weird.. but I have a new appreciation for him and his work after reading this book.. I love that fact that the text is answering questions by kids about his life and his work.. and the explanations are detailed and interesting...
Barbara A.
Totally brilliant book! Possibly among the very finest kids' book on art ever conceived. Though it is suggested for ages 8-12, I suggest than anyone who loves the arts or Chuck Close in particular withh want to spend some quality time with this book.
Chuck Close: Face Book, is the epitome of perseverance. Chuck Close is an artist who is paralyzed from the chest down. He demonstrates intense dedication to his art because of his passion to do it. In a quote from the book, “His determination to be able to paint again, even if it meant having to ‘spit on the canvas.” (p.4). This book truly is inspirational to students who are passionate about something but feel insecure about achievement.

The style of this book is a combination of an interview a
Serenity Gause
Chuck Close Has been though a lot but this did not stop him from reaching his dream. This book is nonfiction and its autobiography by Chuck Close. This book is alright, I cant say its the worst book I ever read but it's not the best. However, I don't regret reading this book.

I think Chuck Close purpose of writing this book is to show people that you can overcame anything to reach your dreams. I said this because in this book Chuck list all his problem but has always find a way solve is problem.
Daija Jefferson
If you like books that are about how people been through so much in the begging but then they succeed at the end, if so this book is for you. The genre of this book is auto biography because this book is about Chuck Close who wrote this book himself. The fact that I really like about this book is that it shows all the pictures that he made throughout his life.

This book is basically about a man named Chuck Close in all the things that he has been through to get where he is at know. I'm going to
Paul  Hankins
Too cool!

A book about a contemporary artist for kids by a publishing company that seems to understand the needs of younger readers when it comes to non-fiction. This book would be a home-run in the art classroom as a non-fiction piece!

The artist renders his face using different styles and mediums. All of these are in the book labeled for the medium and approach. But each rendering is cut into three pieces allowing the reader to flip the panels to see that Chuck's face still comes through even i
Destinee Sutton
"Why do you only paint faces?"

"Why doesn't anyone in your art smile?"

"When you were paralyzed, were you afraid you wouldn't be able to paint again?"

These are some of the questions artist Chuck Close answers in his new autobiography for children. Filled with his portraits of mostly ordinary people, this book let's readers into Close's extraordinary life.

Born right here in Washington state in 1940, Close began taking art lessons at age 8. His severe dyslexia and prosopagnosia (face blindness) mad
Apr 13, 2012 Clay rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Elizabeth Bird
Clay's Caldecott favorite!

I've been a huge fan of the world famous artist Chuck Close for many, many years and was delighted to see his Face Book was everything I could have hoped for. Brilliantly designed as questions from studio-visiting kids that Close answers visually and verbally, this inspired me, made me laugh and nod, and I predict it will send kids of all ages and abilities (AND disabilities) straight to their own studios (treehouse, kitchen, bedroom, art class, backyard) wherever they
Holy crap.

Anyone who reads this and then says, "I can't" is an idiot.

Favorite Quotes

If a face expresses some emotion - laughter or anger or sadness - to an extreme, there is only one possible reading of the photo or painting. But if you present someone in a very neutral, straight-forward way, then there is no simple reading of who this person is. You have to look at other clues.

Some of my work measures over ten feet tall. When a viewer confronts such a large image, it is hard to see the head
I dug this book for the most part. I enjoyed Close's answers to kids' questions- he is far more guileless than his art led me to believe. I liked the mix and match pieces of his portraits. There's something not there, though, and I can't put my finger on it exactly, but this book didn't scratch all the itch it created somehow. It's breathtakingly hard to talk about the creative process, and even harder to do so when one's audience is children whose natural bullshit detectors are set to maximum g ...more
Makayla Anderson
If you think you cant do something you should keep your mind to it and work for it so eventually you can accomplish it.In this
exciting autobiography Chuck Close was dyslexic, and paralyzed but he still had determination to paint so he found a way to come back and problem solve so he could paint again. First chuck close had weekly art lessons with a professional artist. Chuck Close was dyslexic and he had a condition called the neuromuscular condition so this made it hard for him to do good in h
I was intrigued at first about the artist's severe dyslexia and his struggles in school, but when it got more into his process, I was fascinated. The grid process he uses to create his art is unbelievable - genius, really, for him to devise a way to combat his natural tendencies that could be self-destructive. I love his discipline - 3 hours of work in the morning, and 3 hours in the evening. Even though he has parameters for his work, I appreciated that he leaves space (NEEDS space) for his cre ...more
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Pages: 55

Most of this book is actually written by Chuck Close, a very famous face painter. He had
many learning problems as he was growing up; he was dyslexic, but nobody knew what that was in the 1940’s. He did poor in math, reading, science and every subject, except art. He grew up poor but received a scholarship to go to an art school where he learned how to paint with many different paints and use various canvases. When Close was older a blood vessel in his spine ruptured and caused
Ever since I saw one of his prints in my art classroom supplies, I've been fascinated with Chuck Close's work. I didn't know a lot about him, just found his abstraction of a face fascinating.

This biography is told in a question and answer format and has a fascinating section in the middle where there are several Close self-portraits that can be mix and matched. I learned about Close's learning and neuromuscular problems. Probably most interesting and ironic to me of his struggles was that this g
Karol Sigda
How many of you like art? If you said yes to this question then this book is for you. It's a very good nonfiction book. I hope you like this book review. So let's review.

It's about this person and someone asked him questions. This person is very famous and a good artist. These questions reveal what he really thought through his life and what he did during those events. Many questions involved big points of his life. And what he thought, did, and painted during those times.

It was all in differ
This book shook me to the core, in today's world of Common Core we would have lost Chuck Close and what a treasure to have lost. Education's focus on reading and math would have taught Chuck Close that he was a worthless human being.

I just loved this book on so many levels, it is a great autobiography with all the necessary elements to teach children about biographies, he has all the dates and photos. And it is a wonderful art book, I loved the flip pages in the center of the book. Chuck Close
Most of this book is actually written by Chuck Close, a very famous face painter. He had many learning problems as he was growing up; he was dyslexic, but nobody knew what that was in the 1940’s. He did poor in math, reading, science and every subject, except art. He grew up poor but received a scholarship to go to an art school where he learned how to paint with many different paints and use various canvases. When Close was older a blood vessel in his spine ruptured and caused him to be paralyz ...more
This was a really interesting book.

Face Book is an autobiography of an artist named Chuck Close. He only paints/draws/creates faces. The book was based on a question and answer format, which I found out (at the end of the book) was based on the questions of a group of fifth graders who came to his studio after studying his work. I thought that was a really creative and accessible way to write this book.

Chuck Close is paralyzed from the waist down and lives with learning disabilities which have a
Vernon Area Public Library KIDS
Jul 22, 2014 Vernon Area Public Library KIDS rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Grades 4 and above
Shelves: nonfiction
What an interesting book! Chuck Close is an artist who works in a variety of mediums. His subjects are almost exclusively portraits (many are self-portraits), and done on a very large scale. This book is part biography, part art book. The content of the book is comes from an interview done by 5th grade students in Brooklyn, New York. The most unique part of the book are the mix-and-match flip cards to create the artist's face using the different types of art (etching, inkjet, etc.). I'm glad tha ...more
Alyssa Becker
Chuck Close: Facebook; written and illustrated by Chuck Close; copyright 2012, 55 pgs.
*2015 Rebecca Caudill Nominee*

Facebook was a fantastic book. It explains the background of the phenomenal artist Chuck Close in an interesting and positive manner. While traveling through the hardships and events that shape Close into the artist that he is, we see his creativity and passion shine through everything he does.

Throughout the book, there are many supportive illustrations for the text; however this
A very cool book about how Chuck Close lived as a child had many challenges, and then he became paralyzed and yet he still paints. Once when he was in school he a 9x7 foot painting, and his teacher gave him extra credit because she knew he had so many challenges.
A really good quick-read. It took me about 30 minutes. In the book it is really cool because you can like "change" paintings and flip them around. So, there are three slips the top, middle, and bottom. So, you can flip them back and fou
Jennifer Haight
Chuck Close is known for his meticulous large scale painting and wasn't the first artist that came to mind when I was told that there was a new book in which kids asks questions to an artist.

The result however, is inspirational. Close opens up about his dyslexia and "face blindness." He shares his struggles with art and his long recovery after he was paralyzed from the chest down after an artery collapsed in his spine.

The layout for the question and answer portion of the book is colorful and ap
Julie Rand
When I first saw this book I wasn’t sure what it was about and I was even more confused when I opened it and saw the flip pages. I wondered what I would write about and thought maybe it was a visual biography without words.

I was happy to be wrong! I loved this book and thought the design and format were amazing! The question and answer format let Close tell his story in his own way. The questions were posed by twelve fifth graders who visited Close’s studio. The questions and answers form the ba

Chuck Close is a world famous contemporary artist. His artwork is hanging in museums and galleries throughout the world. He is a portrait artist – his specialty is large scale portraits of faces. When he works, he breaks his canvas into grids then fills in each individual square with everything from fingerprints to paper pulp. When you look at squares they don’t mean anything, but somehow, when they are all viewed together as a completed work, they make a remarkable clear portrait. Besides being
Todd Burleson
This review is for the Boston Globe/Horn Book Assignment:

In traditional Chuck Close fashion, the whole book is not only available free, but it is interactive. This book is beautiful and inspiring. In it, Chuck Close answers child generated questions in an easy, respectful and enlightening manner. My favorite part of the book was the three panel section of self-portraits. The book is made in a way that you can flip different eyes, nose and mouth parts, done in a variety of media and methods, but
Wow. An close up look (pun intended) at an amazing person. Chuck Close is one of those kids who could so easily have slipped through the cracks (I seem to keep come across stories like this -- hearing Gary Paulsen & Gary Schmidt talk about their childhoods earlier this year.) Dyslexic, at a time that it wasn't recognized. And with an inability to recognize faces (prosopagnosia - face blindness) -- so he "could meet the same people over and over and not remember them." Not a good thing in sch ...more
Unique and kid-friendly bio -- inspiring story, great info about art, artists, overcoming adversity. Possible Sibert contender. Caldecott? Maybe.

3 starred reviews (PW, SLJ, Kirkus) + ALSC Notables discussion (summer)

2012 Boston Globe - Horn Book Nonfiction Award Winner

"...At the book's brilliant center is the irresistible opportunity to "mix 'n' match" various eyes, noses and mouths among 14 of the artist's arresting self-portraits..."--Kirkus

"’s clear that he considers these setbacks of l
Using questions posed by a group of 5th graders who visited Close, the reader learns of his life--and the art which "saved" him. Throughout his life he has struggled with severe learning disabilities, most notably dyslexia and prosopagnosia (inability to recognize faces); then at 48 he was paralyzed from the chest down by a collapsed artery. In this interactive book, he candidly answers questions about his childhood, his evolution as an artist, "the event," and life today. He also discusses his ...more
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Chuck Close is a renowned American painter, printmaker, and photographer. His 1998 traveling retrospective, organized by the Museum of Modern Art in New York, confirmed his place in the pantheon of major contemporary artists. His paintings, prints, and photographs, represented by PaceWildenstein in New York, are widely exhibited and collected."
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“Every idea occurs while you are working. If you are sitting around waiting for inspiration, you could sit there forever.” 7 likes
“In life you can be dealt a winning hand of cards and you can find a way to lose, and you can be dealt a losing hand and find a way to win. True in art and true in life: you pretty much make your own destiny. If you are by nature an optimistic person, which I am, that puts you in a better position to be lucky in life.” 6 likes
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