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A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin

Paperback / softback

Main Details

Title A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin
Authors and Contributors      By (author) Jen Bryant
Illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Physical Properties
Format:Paperback / softback
Dimensions(mm): Height 279,Width 217
Category/GenreRecommended Titles
March 2023
ISBN/Barcode 9780593568866
Children / Juvenile

Publishing Details

Publisher Random House USA Inc
Imprint Dragonfly Books
NZ Release Date 1 March 2023
Publication Country United States


A Robert F. Sibert Honor Book Winner of the Schneider Family Book Award An ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book Winner of the NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children As a child in the late 1800s, Horace Pippin loved to draw- He loved the feel of the charcoal as it slid across the floor. He loved looking at something in the room and making it come alive again in front of him. He drew pictures for his sisters, his classmates, his co-workers. Even during W.W.I, Horace filled his notebooks with drawings from the trenches . . . until he was shot. Upon his return home, Horace couldn't lift his right arm, and couldn't make any art. Slowly, with lots of practice, he regained use of his arm, until once again, he was able to paint--and paint, and paint! Soon, people-including the famous painter N. C. Wyeth-started noticing Horace's art, and before long, his paintings were displayed in galleries and museums across the country. Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet team up once again to share this inspiring story of a self-taught painter from humble beginnings who despite many obstacles, was ultimately able to do what he loved, and be recognized for who he was- an artist.

Author Biography

Jen Bryant has published poetry, biographies, picture books, and fiction for young readers. Her last picture-book biography collaboration with Melissa Sweet, A River of Words- The Story of William Carlos Williams, was a Caldecott Honor Book. Jen lives with her family in southeastern Pennsylvania. Melissa Sweet is the Caldecott Honor artist of A River of Words by Jen Bryant, The Sleepy Little Alphabet by Judy Sierra, and Mrs. Harkness and the Panda by Alicia Potter, among others. She is also the author-illustrator of Balloons Over Broadway, which was awarded a Robert F. Sibert Medal.


Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, February 18, 2013: "Quotations from Pippin about the psychological scars of war and his artistic process are hand-drawn into Sweet's images, underscoring how art was not only a joyful outlet for Pippin, but also a vital means of interpreting the world." Starred Review, School Library Journal, January 1, 2013: "Bryant's meticulously researched, eloquent text makes this a winning read-aloud, while Sweet's vibrant, folksy illustrations, rendered in watercolor, gouache, and mixed media, portray the joys and hardships of the man's life, using his trademark palette...with just a splash of red." Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2012: "This outstanding portrait of African-American artist Horace Pippin (1888-1946) allows Pippin's work to shine-and his heart too." Starred Review, Booklist, November 1, 2012: "...a well-structured narrative with recurring themes and a highly accessible style...outstanding."