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Monsieur Marceau: Actor Without Words

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  760 ratings  ·  194 reviews
Marcel Marceau, the world's most famous mime, enthralled audiences around the world for more than fifty years. When he waved his hand or lifted his eyebrow he was able to speak volumes without ever saying a word. But few know the story of the man behind those gestures . . .  Distinguished author Leda Schubert and award-winning artist Gerard DuBois bring their own artistry ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Roaring Brook Press
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Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Children Who Enjoy Biography, or Are Interested in Mime, Theater
Author Leda Schubert and illustrator Gerard DuBois present the life story of celebrated mime Marcel Marceau in this informative and engaging picture-book biography, managing to capture some of the pathos of his early life, as well as the magic of his craft through the simple but expressive text and evocative artwork. Born in 1923 as Marcel Mangel, Marceau was a young man when the Nazis occupied France, joining the resistance and becoming involved in many daring activities, from leading groups of ...more
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: info-bios
Marcel Marceau was an adored mime who lived from 1923 to 2007. He was born in France and grew up loving to entertain his friends by imitating Charlie Chaplain. When he was 16, WWII began and Marcel, a Jew, joined the French underground to resist the Nazis. He helped many Jewish children to safety and helped to hide American parachutists. After the war he created the character 'Bip' and quickly became famous.
Author Leda Schubert and illustrator Gerard Dubois do a great job capturing Marcel Marc
Jul 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
Audience: Primary
Genre: Nonfiction-Biography
Fiction Twin Text: Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully. These books remind me of each other because they both discuss hobbies that are not as well known and deal with overcoming hardships or problems people face internally. I think this fiction selection would enhance my nonfiction selection because both books are about hobbies that young children may be unfamiliar with and also show different countries that the students may not have been
Debbie Raulerson
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I wanted to read this book on a recommendation from a friend. I went to our public library to find it and they didn't have it, so they ordered it for me, adding it to their collection. This is a picture book with wonderful illustrations and even better words that will drawn anyone into Marceau's life. I can't wait to share this book Monday with my students. I teach 9th through 12 grade theatre but know my students will enjoy learning about Marceau's life as much as I did. This book will bring ou ...more
Holly Mueller
Several people recommended this to me at NCTE in Boston when looking through sale books, so of course I bought it! I knew of Monsieur Marceau, but I didn't know about his role in the Holocaust, joining the French underground and saving hundreds of Jewish children by leading them out of occupied France, over the Alps, and into Switzerland. Sparse writing but beautiful illustrations will introduce children to a fascinating man.
Yoo Kyung Sung
What an engaging biography of Monsieur Marceau? I never kew he was a Jew. WW II and Holocaust are shared in the journey of his life. I appreciate WW II and Holocaust are not focused as the center of the story but rather steps that shape Monsieur Marceau's identity as an actor who has a deep life and professional philosophy and belief. I appreciate controled text amounts while the powerful illustration offers "less is more" strength throughout the story.
Audra Rowell
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Marcel Marceau is such an icon and now there's a wonderful picture book to give us his history. Just like Me...Jane, it's a great way to introduce finding your passion as a child and achieving your dreams, despite the obstacles that might arise. This book also offers a tiny peek into the French Resistance aspect of WWiI.
Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: epict-books
I did not realize what a complex and interesting life Marcel Marceau led until I read this book, now I want to find out more. Favorite quote "Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup"- Marcel Marceau
Dec 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Marcel Marceau, French Resistance Fighter, Mime.

"The people who came back from the camps were never able to talk about it...My name is Mangel. I am Jewish. Perhaps that, unconsciously, contributed towards my choice of silence."
Edward Sullivan
An excellent introduction to the world's most famous mime. Compare this title to the recently published Marcel Marceau: Master of Mime by Gloria Spielman (Kar-Ben, 2011).
Sharon Lawler
Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Perfect blend of text and illustration brings to life the world's most famous mime.
Mar 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Interesting short biography. Apparently, Marceau is quoted as saying, "Never get a mime talking, he won't stop" which I found ironically humorous.
Stephanie Chiaro
This is the story of Monsieur Marceau, a famous French mime, who began miming after World War II. The story begins with his childhood. It describes Monsieur Marceau's family of performers, where he lived, and his hope of being the Charlie Chaplin of theater. When he was a boy, he used to mime for his friends for comedic purposes. At the age of sixteen, when the war began, the story described how his family moved, how Marceau joined a resistance group against the Nazis, how he used to lead Jewish ...more
Irina Su
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
A beautifully illustrated book about the life of Marcel Marceau including his life before he became a world famous mime. This picture book introduces the reader to the life of Marcel Marceau starting with his love of silent movies as a young boy. He was born into an artistic family with dancers and musicians. He began miming when he was young to entertain his friends. He had to leave France when World War II started. Marcel changed his name from Mangel to Marceau to hide the fact that6 he was Je ...more
Elizabeth Cochran
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I teach Theatre classes and we have a unit on pantomime. I show videos about Marcel Marceau, so I was super curious to read this book.

I didn't know much about his background other than information pertaining to miming. It was interesting to learn about his involvement in the French underground during World War II. It made me think of the book The Nightingale. I really liked the illustrations and how the color was minimal in order to really portray the acting (movement and facial expressions) of
Josie Miller
Monsieur Marceau: Actor without words tells the story of Marcel Marceau, the world's most famous mime. Detailing his life from childhood, all the way through his involvement in World War 2, the book describes not only what it's like to be a mime, but why Marceau wanted to be one.

This book is probably a good read for 2nd-3rd graders. There aren't too many words in it and it presents some heavier themes, like Marceau's dad dying and Nazis. I think it presents an interesting topic that different f
Gabriella Petrillo
"Monsieur Marceau: Actor Without Words" had amazing illustrations and text describing the life of Marcel Marceau. The illustrations throughout the book are able to show the reader and viewers the emotions that are laid across Marceau's face. This being sad or happy, the white painted face filled with emotions takes us into the even as if we were their viewing the mime perform. Children will love the tell of Monsieur Marceau and his character Bib throughout the story.
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had little to no interest in the subject of this book, but ran across it while preparing for an upcoming program relating to France. I was pleasantly surprised to find it quite interesting and good. It made me want to learn and see more about Marcel Marceau, and I consider that something of an accomplishment for a book read by someone (me!) who usually goes out of the way to avoid mimes.
Lynn  Davidson
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the beautiful telling of the world famous mime who went by the name of Marcel Marceau. He was quite amazing, from his childhood desire to perform, to his bravery in helping lead hundreds of people to safety in WWII, to his years of mime. Wonderful illustrations.
Bailey Sims
Oct 08, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. It was very neat to hear his story.
Kim Mullins
May 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ed-689
Easy to understand informational text about a famous mime. The story tells of his life and how he became a mime.
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
A story about a very neat man, the world’s most famous mime, and his backstory set during WWII.
Jo Oehrlein
Sep 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books, wwii
Who knew that Marcel Marceau was a hero during WWII before he started his career as a mime?
Jul 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Monsieur Marceau: Actor Without Words
by Leda Schubert
(Kindle Edition)

Audience: Primary; P-3: Ages 4-8
Genre: Picture Book; Non-Fiction; Biography

2013 NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children
Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book of 2012

Monsieur Marceau: Actor Without Words (2012), by Leda Schubert, is a nonfiction book that tells the story of Marcel Marceau’s life. He was born in France into a family of dancers and musicians. Growing up he admired the work of Charlie
Quick and extremely easy read. Poetry and Prose were used to construct this book. I had to reread it for research project...AND do some extra digging around to put my assignment together but it was fun.
Dec 02, 2014 rated it liked it
This book is about the story of Marcel Marceau one of the world’s most famous mimes. He was born in France 1923. At the age 16 when WWII began, as a Jew, he joined the French underground to resist the Nazis. After all the hardship of war, he changed his name and started a successful career as a mime. From a young age Marceau loved to entertain his friends by imitating Charlie Chaplin. Marceau was able to perform to and inspire audiences of all languages because he only used gestures. Even though ...more
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love this book... I learned so much about Marceau that I did not know while growing up.
Richie Partington
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Richie’s Picks: MONSIEUR MARCEAU by Leda Schubert and Gerard DuBois, ill., Neal Porter/Roaring Brook, September 2012, 40p., ISBN: 978-1-59643-529-2

“Later, Marceau joined the French underground and its efforts to resist the Nazis. He led hundreds of Jewish children from an orphanage in France to safety in Switzerland. They pretended they were going on vacation, often disguised as boy scouts. He helped hide American parachutists in a French monastery until the war ended. Then he changed his last n
Amy Forrester
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
He peeks out from behind a curtain, his dark eyes twinkling from his face caked with white make-up. He can make “reality into dreams and dreams into reality.” All alone on a stage he can play tug of war, chase butterflies, transform into a fish or a bird or a tree with just the movements of his body, the expressions on this face. He is Marcel Marceau, the famous mime. But Marceau wasn’t always a mime. Born in Strasbourg, France in 1923 as Marcel Mangel, his dream of becoming a silent film star l ...more
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