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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mike Venezia  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: in New York City, New York


-- Website -- http://www.mikevenezia.com
-- Mike Venezia on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=mike++venezia+


Illinois Connection

Mike was born in New York and his family moved back and forth between there and Chicago until he was 10 years old when they permanently settled in Chicago. He also graduated from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mike is retired from the Leo Burnett Advertising agency in Chicago. He has produced over 120 books under the following series titles:*''Getting to know the World's Greatest Composers''*''Getting to know the World's Greatest Artists'' *''Getting to know the World's Greatest Inventors & Scientists'' *''Scientists Getting to know the US Presidents''His recent retirement will allow him to write full time!


Selected Titles At Your Library

Salvador Dali /
ISBN: 0516422960. OCLC Number:

Childrens Press,. Chicago :. ©1993.

Briefly describes the life and work of the twentieth-century Spanish surrealist painter, describing and giving examples of his art.

The Beatles /
ISBN: 0516261479. OCLC Number:

Children's Press,. New York :. ©1997.

Tells the story of the world's most celebrated and influential rock group.

Norman Rockwell /
ISBN: 0516271733. OCLC Number:

Children's Press,. New York :. ©2000.

Examines the life and work of the twentieth-century artist Norman Rockwell, who painted familiar everyday scenes that people felt were part of their own lives.

Frédéric Chopin /
ISBN: 0516265342. OCLC Number:

Children's Press,. New York :. ©1999.

Describes the life and work of the nineteenth-century Polish composer who invented beautiful music for the piano and new ways of playing it.

Georges Seurat /
ISBN: 0516278134. OCLC Number:

Children's Press,. New York :. ©2002.

Describes the life and career of the nineteenth-century French Neo-Impressionist artist Georges Seurat, best known for inventing the painting technique known as Pointillism.

Andrew Jackson :
ISBN: 0516274813. OCLC Number:

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Mike Venezia once again uses his winning formula of combining humor with history to make learning fun. Each book in this series is an appealing mix of full-color historical images and photos, Mike's hilarious cartoon-style illustrations, and simple, factual text describing each person's path toward the nation's highest office. These biographies are peppered with humbling and funny anecdotes that bring out the humanity of each of these historical figures and help kids realize that these were real people--not just names from history books. Andrew Jackson, nicknamed "Old Hickory" by his soldiers, was a military hero and one of the roughest, toughest presidents ever. He had a hard childhood; he fought in the Revolutionary War at the age of 14 and had lost his entire family by the time it was over. He went on to become a frontier lawyer, and then a national hero after winning the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812. Jackson was a champion of working people. As the first president to grow up poor, he paved the way for people to take part in U.S. government even if they weren't born wealthy and well connected.

Abraham Lincoln /
ISBN: 0516226215. OCLC Number:

Children's Press,. New York :. ©2005.

Presents a short biography of the sixteenth President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, and chronicles his childhood, early career in law and politics, presidency during the Civil War, assassination, and more.

Marie Curie :
ISBN: 053122208X. OCLC Number:

Children's Press,. New York :. 2009.

Presents the life and accomplishments of the Polish-born scientist whose studies of radioactivity lead to the discovery of two new elements, for which she received two Nobel Prizes.

Diego Rivera /
ISBN: 0516422995. OCLC Number:

Childrens Press,. Chicago :. ©1994.

A biography of the Mexican artist who wanted to bring art to the masses through the medium of murals.

The Wright brothers :
ISBN: 0531223531. OCLC Number:

Children's Press,. New York :. 2010.

An introduction to the lives and careers of brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright, who built and flew the first successful powered airplane.

Jane Goodall :
ISBN: 0531223523. OCLC Number:

Children's Press,. New York :. 2010.

An introduction to the life and career of primatologist Jane Goodall.


Awards

Abraham Lincoln

Speaking Engagements

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