Accardo, Anthony

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Accardo, Anthony

Personal

Born in New York, NY. Education: New York City College of Technology, B.A. (illustration).

Addresses

Home and office—Brooklyn, NY. E-mail—[email protected]

Career

Illustrator and educator. New York City College of Technology, currently instructor in illustration.

Member

Society of Illustrators.

Writings

SELF-ILLUSTRATED

(Reteller) Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, and Other Tales of Adventure, Western Publishing (Racine, WI), 1987.

ILLUSTRATOR

T.A. Kennedy, The Illustrated Treasury of Fairy Tales, Grosset & Dunlap (New York, NY), 1980.

Nadja Ronay, Ginger, Magnolia Publications (New York, NY), 1981.

Purrcy B. Shelley, editor, Cat-A-Log, Grosset & Dunlap (New York, NY), 1983.

Walter G. Olesky, Bug Scanner and the Computer Mystery, Walker (New York, NY), 1983.

William Jaspersohn, How Life on Earth Began, Franklin Watts (New York, NY), 1985.

Kay Cooper, Who Put the Cannon in the Courthouse Square?: A Guide to Uncovering the Past, Walker (New York, NY), 1985.

Stories of Mystery and Adventure, Walker (New York, NY), 1985.

William Jaspersohn, How the Universe Began, Franklin Watts (New York, NY), 1985.

William Jaspersohn, How People First Lived, Franklin Watts (New York, NY), 1985.

Rick Bunsen, The Golden Christmas Treasury, Golden Books (New York, NY), 1986.

Caroline Arnold, Everybody Has a Birthday, Franklin Watts (New York, NY), 1987.

Kay Copper, Where Did You Get Those Eyes?, Walker (New York, NY), 1988.

William Jaspersohn, The Ghost Book, Franklin Watts (New York, NY), 1989.

Caroline Arnold, First Facts about Space, Ladybird Books, 1990.

Tales for a Stormy Day, Time-Life for Children (New York, NY), 1991.

Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Phoenix Learning Resources, 1994.

Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Phoenix Learning Resources, 1994.

Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Phoenix Learning Resources, 1994.

Stacey K. Sparks, Danger Sign, McGraw-Hill (New York, NY), 1995.

Pat Cummings, Night Music, McGraw-Hill (New York, NY), 1995.

Steven Otfinoski, The Jacket, McGraw-Hill (New York, NY), 1995.

Argentina Palacios, Country Life, City Life, McGraw-Hill (New York, NY), 1995.

Jane Thayer, The Blueberry Pie Elf, McGraw-Hill (New York, NY), 1995.

Siegfried Englemann, The Car, McGraw-Hill (New York, NY), 1996.

Siegfried Englemann, The Hidden Door, McGraw-Hill (New York, NY), 1996.

Tracey E. Dils, Squeeze-In, McGraw-Hill (New York, NY), 1996.

Karen Herzoff, The Trunk, McGraw-Hill (New York, NY), 1997.

Karen Herzoff, A Trip to Grandma's, McGraw-Hill (New York, NY), 1997.

Karen Herzoff, King Who Was Late, McGraw-Hill (New York, NY), 1997.

Gia Bohrod, The Animal That Worked, McGraw-Hill (New York, NY), 1999.

Ana Baca, Benito's Bizcochitos, Piñata Books (Houston, TX), 1999.

Pat Mora, My Own True Name: New and Selected Poems for Young Adults, Arte Público Press (Houston, TX), 2000.

Diane Gonzales Bertrand, The Last Doll, Piñata Books (Houston, TX), 2000.

Cesar Villarreal Elizondo, La tierra de las adivinanzas/The Land of the Riddles, Piñata Books (Houston, TX), 2002.

Richard Griswold del Castillo, César Chávez: The Struggle for Justice/César Chávez: La lucha por la justicia, Piñata Books (Houston, TX), 2002.

Diane Davila Martinez, A School Named for Someone like Me, Arte Público Press (Houston, TX), 2002.

Ana Baca, Chiles for Benito/Chiles para Benito, Piñata Books (Houston, TX), 2003.

René Colato Lainez, Waiting for Papá/Esperando a Papá, Piñata Books (Houston, TX), 2004.

Nadja Ronay, The Popcorn Story, Publikem, 2004.

Ana Baca, Benito's Sopaipillas/Sopaipillas de Benito, Piñata Books (Houston, TX), 2006.

Diane Gonzales Bertrand, Ricardo's Race, Piñata Books (Houston, TX), 2007.

Mary E. Nilles, Hemecht: Our New Home in Minnesota, Editions Guy Binsfeld, 2007.

ILLUSTRATOR; "NANCY DREW NOTEBOOKS" SERIES

Carolyn Keene, The Slumber Party Secret, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 1994.

Carolyn Keene, The Lost Locket, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 1994.

Carolyn Keene, Bad Day for Ballet, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 1994.

Carolyn Keene, The Soccer Shoe Clue, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 1995.

Carolyn Keene, The Ice Cream Scoop, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 1995.

Carolyn Keene, Trouble at Camp Treehouse, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 1995.

Carolyn Keene, The Best Detective, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 1995.

Carolyn Keene, The Thanksgiving Surprise, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 1995.

Carolyn Keene, Not Nice on Ice, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 1995.

Carolyn Keene, The Pen Pal Puzzle, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 1996.

Carolyn Keene, The Puppy Problem, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 1996.

Carolyn Keene, The Wedding Gift Goof, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 1996.

Carolyn Keene, The Funny Face Fight, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 1996.

Carolyn Keene, The Crazy Key Clue, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 1996.

Carolyn Keene, The Ski Slope Mystery, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 1996.

Carolyn Keene, Who's Pet Is Best?, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 1997.

Carolyn Keene, The Stolen Unicorn, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 1997.

Carolyn Keene, The Lemonade Raid, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 1997.

Carolyn Keene, Hannah's Secret, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 1997.

Carolyn Keene, The Secret Santa, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 1997.

Carolyn Keene, Princess on Parade, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 1997.

Carolyn Keene, Alien in the Classroom, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 1997.

Carolyn Keene, The Clue in the Glue, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 1998.

Carolyn Keene, The Hidden Treasures, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 1998.

Carolyn Keene, Dare at the Fair, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 1998.

Carolyn Keene, The Lucky Horseshoes, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 1998.

Carolyn Keene, Trouble Takes the Cake, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 1998.

Carolyn Keene, Thrill on the Hill, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 1999.

Carolyn Keene, Lights! Camera! Action!, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 1999.

Sidelights

Based in New York City, Anthony Accardo studied art and advertising design at the New York City College of Technology, where he also teaches. For many children, however, Accardo is known as the illustrator of numer-

ous picture books, including several bilingual titles and over two dozen installments in the popular "Nancy Drew Notebooks" series for younger elementary-grade readers.

Accardo's colorful pen-and-ink and pastel or colored-pencil art is frequently paired with Mexican-themed texts, including those by writers Ana Baca, Pat Mora, Diane Gonzalez Bertrand, and Diane Davila Martinez. Reviewing Baca's Chiles for Benito/Chiles para Benito in School Library Journal, Ann Welton noted that the illustrator's "clear colors … and satisfying use of detail make the art appealing to the eye and a perfect match for the tale's fanciful tone." La tierra de las adivinanzas/The Land of the Riddles, a folk-tale-like story by Cesar Villarreal Elizondo that features a Hansel-and-Gretel-like plot, is brought to life in "eye-catching" images by Accardo that accentuate the story's "mildly shivery" mood, according to Welton. The School Library Journal contributor also maintained that, on the strength of Accardo's "pretty" illustrations for The Last Doll, Bertrand's story about a girl's quinceañera ranks as a "high-interest bilingual presentation of an important Hispanic rite of passage." Turning from fiction to fact, the "computer-enhanced color illustrations" Accardo contributes to Richard Griswold del Castillo's biographical picture book César Chávez: The Struggle for Justice/César Chávez: La lucha por la justicia "will strike children as comfortingly familiar," maintained Welton, and in Booklist Hazel Rochman dubbed the artist's "reverential" images both "clear" and "stirring."

Biographical and Critical Sources

PERIODICALS

Booklist, October 1, 2001, Annie Ayres, review of The Last Doll, p. 323; December 15, 2002, Hazel Rochman, review of César Chávez: The Struggle for Justice/César Chávez: La lucha por la justicia, p. 757; December 15, 2003, Julie Kline, review of Chiles for Benito/Chiles para Benito, p. 752.

Kirkus Reviews, October 15, 2003, review of Chiles for Benito/Chiles para Benito, p. 1268; November 15, 2004, review of Waiting for Papa/Esperando a Papa, p. 1091.

Publishers Weekly, July 4, 1994, review of The Slumber Party Secret, p. 64.

School Library Journal, July, 2000, Nina Lindsay, review of My Own True Name: New and Selected Poems for Young Adults, p. 119; April, 2001, Ann Welton, review of The Last Doll, p. 98; June, 2002, Ann Welton, review of La tierra de las adivinanzas/The Land of the Riddles, p. 128; November, 2002, Ann Welton, review of Cesar Chavez, p. 152; December, 2003, Ann Welton, review of Chiles for Benito/Chiles para Benito, p. 142; January, 2005, Ann Welton, review of Waiting for Papa/Esperando a Papa, p. 120; May, 2005, Ann Welton, review of A School Named for Someone like Me, p. 118.

ONLINE

Anthony Accardo Home Page,http://anthonyaccardo.com (June 27, 2008).

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