Monsieur Marceau : Actor Without Wordsby Leda Schubert (Author), Gerard DuBois (Illustrator)
World’s most famous Mime
Marcel Marceau grew up watching films. Of all the movies, he loved watching Charlie Chaplin, the star of silent movies. And Marcel wanted very much to be like him. When Marcel was very young, he mimed in front of his friends and made them laugh. After the war, Marcel studied mime. He was only 24 years old when he created Bip the Clown.
Bip, sad eyed and red lipped, was full of adventure and always got into trouble.
Bip moved as if “made of rubber, as if he had no bones”. Bip “chased butterflies without a net”. Bip “walked against the wind, when there was no wind”.
Bip became everyone’s favorite character. And Marcel became instantly famous. He won countless awards and prizes for his performances. He went on to perform on stages all over the world. Audiences from US to Australia and from South America to Japan all understood his language because “Neither laughter no tears are French, English, Russian or Japanese.”
Leda Schubert’s book is an excellent dedication to the world’s most famous mime. Marcel Marceau entertained audiences for over fifty years. This picture book biography is complete with hauntingly beautiful oil colored images by Gerard DuBois. At the end of the book, Leda includes activities for children to practice mime. A brilliant book about “an actor without words”!