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Smile: How Young Charlie Chaplin Taught the World to Laugh (and Cry)
by Gary Golio

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    List Price: $17.99
    Format: Hardcover, 48 pages
    Classification: Children’s
    ISBN13: 9780763697617
    Imprint: Candlewick Press
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Parent Company: Walker Books
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    Book Description:
    An award-winning author and a Caldecott Medalist take a creative look at the early life of comedic genius Charlie Chaplin.

    Once there was a little slip of a boy who roamed the streets of London, hungry for life (and maybe a bit of bread). His dad long gone and his actress mother ailing, five-year-old Charlie found himself onstage one day taking his mum’s place, singing and drawing laughs amid a shower of coins. There were times in the poorhouse and times spent sitting in the window at home with Mum, making up funny stories about passersby. And when Charlie described a wobbly old man he saw in baggy clothes, with turned-out feet and a crooked cane, his mother found it sad, but Charlie knew that funny and sad go hand in hand. With a lyrical text and exquisite collage imagery, Gary Golio and Ed Young interpret Charlie Chaplin’s path from his childhood through his beginnings in silent film and the creation of his iconic Little Tramp. Keen-eyed readers will notice a silhouette of the Little Tramp throughout the book that becomes animated with a flip of the pages. An afterword fills in facts about the beloved performer who became one of the most famous entertainers of all time.

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