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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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The fourth Absolute Sandman volume completes the main story arc of the series, combining disparate elements and characters to produce a finale that I did not expect at all at the beginning. Initially I struggled with not being able to discern how anything related to anything else but the second half...
Mrs. Thornton's Classroom Library
Mrs. Thornton's Classroom Library rated it 2 years ago
With its reading level ranging from K-5, this book is amazing for any classroom! The main character, Nikolai struggles to decide what the right thing to do is. He has many questions throughout the story and when faced with a decision, realizes in the end an important lesson about the present and the...
Maggie Wiygul ED511
Maggie Wiygul ED511 rated it 3 years ago
Lexile Level: 540L Zen Shorts by Jon J Muth tells the story of a panda named Stillwater and three siblings named Michael, Karl and Addy. Stillwater appears in the children's backyard one day and begins to tell them stories based on Buddhist parables. This book would be great to read aloud as it in...
Kaethe
Kaethe rated it 5 years ago
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Ama's Picture Books
Ama's Picture Books rated it 7 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...
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