Big Machines
In this loving tribute to Virginia Lee Burton, the New York Times best-selling creators Sherri Duskey Rinker and John Rocco pay homage to the storied life of one of the most beloved creators in children’s literature.  Everyone in Folly Cove knows Virginia Lee as “Jinnee.” With her magical wands she can draw whatever she imagines, but for her sons Aris and Michael, she draws the most wonderful characters of all: BIG MACHINES with friendly names like Mary Anne, Maybelle, and Katy. Her marvelous magical wands can make anything move—even a cheerful Little House.      

Big Machines Details

TitleBig Machines
Author
ReleaseSep 5th, 2017
PublisherHMH Books for Young Readers
ISBN-139780544715578
Rating
GenreBiography, Childrens, Picture Books, Nonfiction, Art, Biography Memoir

Big Machines Review

  • Laura Harrison
    January 1, 1970
    Not your typical picture book biography. I am a huge, huge fan of Virginia Lee Burton. Big Machines was more than I was even hoping for. The writing is beautiful. The illustrations however, are inspired. John Rocco captured Virginia Lee Burton's essence and greatness. Burton would definitely approve. I consider Big Machines: The Story of Virginia Lee Burton truly Caldecott worthy.
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  • Linda Quinn
    January 1, 1970
    Finally, a beautifully illustrated and written book about one of my favorite authors. I loved her books growing up, and I loved even more being able to share books like The Little House and Mike Mulligan with my kids. This picture book is a beautiful homage to Virginia Lee Burton.
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    The illustrator's style fits wonderfully with the story about Virginia Lee Burton. He did a good job of imitating Burton's artwork while differentiating from his own as the text talks about Virginia Lee Burton and highlights her books. The book though is not really the story of Virginia Lee Burton, which is the subtitle. A better subtitle would be the one at the bottom of the cover, below the author and illustrator's names: how Mike Mulligan's Steam Shovel and friends came to life. Why Burton cr The illustrator's style fits wonderfully with the story about Virginia Lee Burton. He did a good job of imitating Burton's artwork while differentiating from his own as the text talks about Virginia Lee Burton and highlights her books. The book though is not really the story of Virginia Lee Burton, which is the subtitle. A better subtitle would be the one at the bottom of the cover, below the author and illustrator's names: how Mike Mulligan's Steam Shovel and friends came to life. Why Burton created these particular stories is really what this book is about. We are told where she lives, that she dances and draws, that she has two sons, but not until the author's note do we get more details about her life. It is a great intro to where authors may find inspiration, a loving look at children and their mother who delighted in their interests and gave us picture books that have been around for a few generations.
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  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    January 1, 1970
    Rinker, Sherri Duskey Big Machines: The Story of Virginia Lee Burton, illustrated by John Rocco. PICTURE BOOK. Houghton Mifflin, 2017. $18.This is more like a tour through Burton’s most famous picture books than anything that tells you much about her life. The most informational part of the book is the supplemental information at the end. The rest is pretty impressionistic, if you can call a book such, without being helpful or charming. First rate author, first rate illustrator – I’m not sure wh Rinker, Sherri Duskey Big Machines: The Story of Virginia Lee Burton, illustrated by John Rocco. PICTURE BOOK. Houghton Mifflin, 2017. $18.This is more like a tour through Burton’s most famous picture books than anything that tells you much about her life. The most informational part of the book is the supplemental information at the end. The rest is pretty impressionistic, if you can call a book such, without being helpful or charming. First rate author, first rate illustrator – I’m not sure why this is what they created. I can only see this as being liked by diehard Burton fans.GIFT – OPTIONAL. Cindy, Library Teacherhttps://kissthebook.blogspot.com/2017...
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  • Earl
    January 1, 1970
    One of my reading challenges a few years ago was to read Virginia Lee Burton's books. And they were delightful and some of my more frequent recommendations as a bookseller. This picture book biography was a real treat because it talks about most of her work. I loved that it included The Little House especially since I didn't really think about how big a role machines played in that story. The creators of this book were the perfect people to work on it considering their other titles.If you can't One of my reading challenges a few years ago was to read Virginia Lee Burton's books. And they were delightful and some of my more frequent recommendations as a bookseller. This picture book biography was a real treat because it talks about most of her work. I loved that it included The Little House especially since I didn't really think about how big a role machines played in that story. The creators of this book were the perfect people to work on it considering their other titles.If you can't get enough Virginia Lee Burton, check out the documentary A Sense of Place.Oddly enough, I had just watched a Disney short of The Little House on YouTube. I didn't even know about it.
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  • Jana
    January 1, 1970
    This picture book biography tells about Virginia Lee Burton, the children's author. The most amazing part of this book is the stunning illustrations. John Rocco created paintings that are in the exact same style as Burton's in her famous books. There is an author's note that gives more detail about Burton's life and photographs of her. This would be a terrific book to include with her other works if you were doing an author study.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    The main story won't tell you much about Virginia Lee Burton but the back matter made me interested in learning more. I picked up the book because I'm a fan of John Rocco's illustration style and he's taken on a tough job here trying to meld his with Burton's. Mostly he does all right but you can tell that he's drawn the little boys the way he wanted to and the grownup lady the way somebody made him.
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  • Katie Lawrence
    January 1, 1970
    This was a lovely introduction to Virginia Lee Burton's life and work. I have always loved Katy, Mike Mulligan and The Little House too. How lovely to read about Burton being inspired by her two sons and writing stories for them. John Rocco captures Burton's style really well, while giving his own whimsical spin on a lot of the illustrations. A really lovely picture book biography!
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  • Mary Librarian
    January 1, 1970
    Life like illustrations and informational text show the inspiration that lead Virginia Lee Burton to write her now classic children's books.This book is a treat for the adult book lover but I do wonder if it would hold the attention of a child.
  • Edward Sullivan
    January 1, 1970
    Not so much a picture book biography as a celebration of Virginia Lee Burton's creative processes and body of work. John Rocco's creates wonderful visual references to Burton's work in his exceptional uses of color and form.
  • Kerri
    January 1, 1970
    Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel was one of my favorite books growing up, so when I saw this biography about Virginia Lee Burton, I just had to read it! Beautifully illustrated, and a great way to tell the story of a beloved children's book author and illustrator.
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    This is a beautiful book! It is visually stunning literally from the front cover to the back cover. It is no surprise that the text does not quite measure up to the illustrations. As always, I appreciated the brief biography and photos at the end.
  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    John Rocco's illustrations were AMAZING! He tied in Burton's style with his own so seamlessly and creatively! It was a delight to read this book and feel like those classic stories were coming to life right in front of your eyes.
  • Debbie Tanner
    January 1, 1970
    I wanted to like this one more than I did. It was remarkable uninformative for a picture book biography because the whole book pretty much says "Virginia Lee Burton wrote these books for her sons." The art work was nice but I would have liked to know about Jinnee's life and what else she did.
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    Fascinating and wonderful and will be best appreciated by those who know Virginia Lee Burton's picture books.
  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    A lovely story about Burton and how she created the art for her books. For younger readers.
  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    Adults who were fans of Mike Mulligan and the Steam Shovel will enjoy reading this story about that story's creator to their own children.
  • Cecilia Horn
    January 1, 1970
    Lovely book about Virginia Lee Burton.
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