The Amazing Collection of Joey Cornell: Based on the Childhood of a Great American Artist
Joey Cornell collected everything -- anything that sparked his imagination or delighted his eye. His collection grew and grew until he realized that certain pieces j ...more
”The question is not what you look at, but what you see.”
I have to admit…I had never heard of Joseph Cornell before picking up The Amazing Collection of Joey Cornell by Candace Fleming. But wow! I am so happy I met him and his “Relic Museum” in the pages of this book.
Young Joey Cornell collected things. He would pick things up that caught his eye and wonder. Everything and anything from sheet music to parrot feathers to old telescopes. Joey collected them all. What will he do with all of his st ...more
Joey was a child who loved to collect things, things that made him happy. His collection grew and grew as the years stretched on. How many of ...more
This book is based on the childhood of Joseph Cornell and the wonder that is his collection of things. Candace Fleming provides a note at the start of the book that offers a brief bio with nuggets of details about some of the artist's objects, including photos that date back as far as 1945. Here we learn that Joseph referred to his own collection as, "a diary journal, picture gallery, museum, and clearing house for dreams and visions."
Also, it really bothers me that people keep referring to Joseph Cornell as "Joey" outside of the book. As far as I know, he really was NEVER called "Joey" - "Joe" or "Joseph" - and it really minimizes him as a serious artist, in my opinion. As a character in a children's picture book, he is "Joey". But outside of that, No. I wish the author had ...more
BUYING ADVISORY: EL (K-3) – OPTIONAL
AUDIENCE APPEAL: LOW
Joey always collects things. If they interest him at all he likes to put them in his barn and over time his collection grows. When Joey is thirteen his father passes away and Joey is overwhelmed by his own sadness and his family’s sadness. In an attempt to brighten everyone ...more
I like that Joey Cornell never forgot that children can appreciate art in their own unique way (see the afterward about his special exhibits just for kids). I also like that he shows budding artists that you can be successful by being different and not going ...more
He liked many, many different things, and they kept piling up. When they would no longer fit into his room, he was given space in the barn for his collections. After the collection grew and grew and grew, he started putting some of the th ...more
This narrative biography about the childhood of artist Joseph Cornell is especially applicable as a children’s book since his work would later in life would also be meant for children.
The illustrations weren’t my favorite style, but did seem to fit the early 1900’s style, almost like Dick and Jane books -that’s what it reminded me of. The illustrator put the array of collected and scattered objects against a backgroun ...more
An interesting story of an artist with no formal training, who continues to affect his community to this day. Not my... favorite style of illustration. It works with the story and...more
So so on the illustrations. Some of the pages invited close inspection yet some were dark and ...more
The kids enjoyed the story too. This is a longer book, text-wise, so I would recommend it for elementary students. Older preschoolers who can sit through longer stories may enjoy it too.
Good for kids who love to collect random objects and for art fans.
Well illustrated and written! I liked this a lot! This might make my short list!
I told such a good st ...more