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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mike Venezia  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: in New York City, New York

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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!


Published Works Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

Salvador Dali (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists)
ISBN: 0516422960

Childrens Pr. 1993

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

The Beatles (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers)
ISBN: 0516261479

Childrens Pr. 1997

The author/illustrator of the highly successful Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists series lends his creative talents to another fun, informative series, this one featuring world-famous composers.

Norman Rockwell (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists)
ISBN: 0516271733

Childrens Pr. 2001

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.

Frederic Chopin (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers)
ISBN: 0516265342

Childrens Pr. 2000

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 (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists)
ISBN: 0516278134

Childrens Pr. 2003

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: Seventh President 1829-1837 (Getting to Know the US Presidents)
ISBN: 0516274813

Childrens Pr. 2005

A delightful mix of full-color historical reproductions, photos, and hilarious cartoon-style illustrations brings to life the Presidents of the United States of America, combining poignant anecdotes with important factual imformation.

Abraham Lincoln: Sixteenth President 1861 - 1865 (Getting to Know the US Presidents)
ISBN: 0516226215

Childrens Pr. 2005

Illustrates the life of the sixteenth president of the United States, who saw the country through the Civil War and wrote the Emancipation Proclamation.

Marie Curie: Scientist Who Made Glowing Discoveries (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Inventors & Scientists)
ISBN: 053122208X

Childrens Pr. 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 (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists)
ISBN: 0516422995

Childrens Pr. 1995

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

The Wright Brothers: Inventors Whose Ideas Really Took Flight (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Inventors & Scientists)
ISBN: 0531223531

Childrens Pr. 2010

- The format of the series is unique, with humorous, cartoon-like original illustrations from the author.
- Special sales potential in museum gift shops.
- Perfect for developing scientists and critical thinkers.
- Emphasizes the hard work, patience, and fearless curiosity needed to do great science.

Jane Goodall: Researcher Who Champions Chimps (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Inventors & Scientists)
ISBN: 0531223523

Childrens Pr. 2010

- The format of the series is unique, with humorous, cartoon-like original illustrations from the author.
- Special sales potential in museum gift shops.
- Perfect for developing scientists and critical thinkers.
- Emphasizes the hard work, patience, and fearless curiosity needed to do great science.


Awards

-- ''Abraham Lincoln: 16th President, 1861-1865'', 2013 ILLINOIS READS Book