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Jon J. Muth
In 1999 Mr. Muth started what has been over a decade in children's books. He has received numerous awards and critical acclaim and worked with many talented people. He is the author and illustrator of "Zen Shorts" a Caldecott Honor book, which Kirkus Review described as "Every word and image... show more



In 1999 Mr. Muth started what has been over a decade in children's books. He has received numerous awards and critical acclaim and worked with many talented people. He is the author and illustrator of "Zen Shorts" a Caldecott Honor book, which Kirkus Review described as "Every word and image comes to make as perfect a picture book as can be". He is the illustrator of the anthology, "A Family of Poems", with Caroline Kennedy. His book "The Three Questions" has been described as "quietly life-changing" by The New York Times. Muth worked for over twenty years in comics and graphic novels; culminating in the industry's highest honor, an Eisner Award for "The Mystery Play".In an interview with the Paris Review, E.B. White once said, "You don't write down for children. You write up." Muth wholeheartedly agrees. "Children are completely capable of intuiting wisdom as readily as adults are... they just may not have the ability to put it into words ... [but] they get this stuff very quickly. Even the kids who come to the book (Zen Shorts) because it has a giant panda tend to come back because there's some itch that's created -- in their minds or in their hearts -- to re-examine what's going on."Mr. Muth has had a life long interest in Asian Studies, including tai chi chuan, sumi ink drawing and chado, "the way of tea". His work has been translated into more than a dozen languages and he lives with his wife Bonnie and their four children in New York.

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Birth date: July 28, 1960
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Kaethe
Kaethe rated it 1 year ago
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Ama's Picture Books
Ama's Picture Books rated it 4 years ago
by Jon J Muth I generally like Muth's books, and Stone Soup is no exception. He seems to respect Chinese culture* (actual respect, not cultural appropriation "respect"), and his illustrations are beautiful as always. Still, it's a western tale retold in an Asian setting which isn't my favorite t...
Ama's Picture Books
Ama's Picture Books rated it 4 years ago
by Jon J. Muth I enjoy Muth's style very much. This book is very similar to Zen Stories and Zen Ghosts. An interesting tale with a moral (perhaps insight is a better term?) at the end.
Ama's Picture Books
Ama's Picture Books rated it 4 years ago
by Jon J Muth I didn't enjoy Zen Ghosts as much as Zen Shorts. I'm not as drawn to koan as I was to the zen shorts. However, Zen Ghosts is still a good, entertaining story.
Ama's Picture Books
Ama's Picture Books rated it 4 years ago
by Jon J Muth I liked the zen shorts that were interwoven in the stories of the siblings. I also enjoyed the different styles Muth used in the siblings' stories versus the zen shorts.
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