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The Hello, Goodbye Window

Written by Norton Juster & illustrated by Chris Raschka
Published by Disney Press
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Apr 26, 2005
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Looking through the kitchen window, a little girl and her doting grandparents watch stars, play games, and, most importantly, say hello and goodbye.

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Who Wrote The Hello, Goodbye Window

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Norton Juster

Norton Juster is an architect and the author of other highly acclaimed children’s books, including <i>The Dot and the Line</i>, <i>The Hello, Goodbye Window</i>, illustrated by Chris Raschka, which received the Caldecott Medal, and <i>The Odious Ogre</i>, also illustrated by Jules Feiffer.

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Who Illustrated The Hello, Goodbye Window

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Chris Raschka

I’m sometimes asked about my general approach to illustration, which has over the years come to be described as minimal. Hmm, I’m not sure minimal is such a complimentary term, but I’ll accept it. I wasn’t always minimal. In the early days I was laying it on as thickly as I could, trying very hard to get it right. But I found that the harder I tried, the more tired whatever it was I was working on looked. And then I grew tired of it as well. “There is too much sweat in it,” is how my friend, the artist Vladimir Radunsky, would put it. Perhaps he means that there has been an imposition of too much of my will upon the material with which I was working. It is an offhand remark of Wordsworth’s that helped me when I needed a new way to move forward: “The matter always comes out of the manner.” How you say something has direct bearing on what you say. So, if you labor heavily upon a work of art, then part of what you are saying is, this is a heavy work of art. If you happen to be trying to say something about lightness, then the art should be light as well. It is much the same with food. There are heavy meals and light meals. There are sauces that contain endless lists of ingredients, and there are sauces that contain only a few but in exquisite proportion. Does an apple taste best bitten directly into, sliced thinly with a light squeeze of lemon, or baked for an hour with nutmeg, sugar, cinnamon, flour and egg whites? Maybe the answer is that there is a time for all of those things. My answer in my illustration has been to allow the materials to speak as directly as possible. I want each and every entire brushstroke to be seen. I want the marks made by the tip of the brush to carry as much meaning as the marks made by the dragging tail end, the part that splits open as the paint pulls away, thins and dries. I want each brushstroke to have a beginning, a middle, and an end, a story in itself and a life in itself. Then the life of this brushstroke can wrestle with the life of the brushstroke next to it. There is enough action there between two brushstrokes for a little story. And what happens when the next brushstroke comes in a different color? It could be epic. Of course, if it’s just brushstrokes wrestling around, it isn’t much of a picture book is it? There still has to be a picture. And maybe it needs to be a picture of a dog named Daisy or a little girl riding a bike. So I have to be careful before I get too carried away in the manner itself. In the end, this is how it goes in my books. There are always two stories happening: one is me having fun watching brushstrokes wrestle, and the other is the story told in pictures and words on a page. It may be minimal, but it’s enough for me.

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Norton Juster's Book Dedication

For Tori

Chris Raschka's Book Dedication

For Eliana

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Book Details

ISBN:
9780786809141
Publication Date:
April 26, 2005
Library of Congress Number (LCCN):
2004113496
WorldCat Number (OCLC):
824113371
ASIN/ISBN 10:
0786809140
Lexile® Level:
AD670L
ATOS® Book Level:
3.4
Accelerated Reader® Points:
0.5
Accelerated Reader Quiz:
88393
Accelerated Reader Interest Level:
LG

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