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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!


Published Works

    Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Children's Press, 1995
  • Aaron Copland, Children's Press, 1995
  • George Handel, Children's Press, 1995
  • Peter Tchaikovsky, Children's Press, 1995
  • George Gershwin, Children's Press, 1995
  • Duke Ellington, Children's Press, 1996
  • Ludwig Van Beethoven, Children's Press, 1996
  • Igor Stravinsky, Children's Press, 1997
  • The Beatles, Children's Press, 1997
  • Johann Sebastian Bach, Children's Press, 1998
  • Leonard Bernstein, Children's Press, 1998
  • John Philip Sousa, Children's Press, 1999
  • Johannes Brahms, Children's Press, 1999
  • Frederic Chopin, Children's Press, 2000Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists
  • Rembrandt, Children's Press, 1988
  • Picasso, Children's Press, 1988
  • Van Gogh, Children's Press, 1989
  • Da Vinci, Children's Press, 1989
  • Monet, Children's Press, 1990
  • Edward Hopper, Children's Press, 1990
  • Paul Klee, Children's Press, 1991
  • Francisco Goya, Children's Press, 1991
  • Michelangelo, Children's Press, 1991
  • Mary Cassatt, Children's Press, 1991
  • Botticelli, Children's Press, 1991
  • Paul Gauguin, Children's Press, 1992
  • Salvador Dali, Children's Press, 1993
  • Pieter Bruegel, Children's Press, 1993
  • Georgia O'Keefe, Children's Press, 1994
  • Jackson Pollock, Children's Press, 1994
  • Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Children's Press, 1995
  • Pierre Auguste Renoir, Children's Press, 1996
  • Grant Wood, Children's Press, 1996
  • Henri Matisse, Children's Press, 1997
  • El Greco, Children's Press, 1997
  • Andy Warhol, Children's Press, 1997
  • Paul Cezanne, Children's Press, 1998
  • Frida Kahlo, Children's Press, 1999
  • Alexander Calder, Children's Press, 1999
  • Marc Chagall, Children's Press, 2000
  • Jacob Lawrence, Children's Press, 2000
  • Giotto, Children's Press, 2000
  • Norman Rockwell, Children's Press, 2001
  • Raphael, Children's Press, 2001
  • Dorothea Lange, Children's Press, 2001
  • Edgar Degas, Children's Press, 2001
  • Johannes Vermeer, Children's Press, 2001
  • Roy Lichtenstein, Children's Press, 2002
  • Henri Rousseau, Children's Press, 2002
  • Rene Margritte, Children's Press, 2003
  • George Seurat, Children's Press, 2003
  • James McNeill Whistler, Children's Press, 2003
  • Titian, Children's Press, 2003
  • Frederic Remington, Children's Press, 2003
  • Eugene Delacroix, Children's Press, 2003
  • Grandma Moses, Children's Press, 2004
  • Winslow Homer, Children's Press, 2004
  • Camille Pissarro, Children's Press, 2004
  • Diego Velazquez, Children's Press, 2004
  • Faith Ringgold, Children's Press, 2008
  • Horace Pippin, Children's Press, 2008
  • Diego Rivera, Children's Press, 2009Getting to Know the World's Greatest Inventors & Scientists
  • Marie Curie: Scientist Who Made Glowing Discoveries, Children's Press, 2009
  • Stephen Hawking: Cosmologist Who Gets a Big Bang Out of the Universe, Children's Press, 2009
  • Albert Einstein: Universal Genius, Children's Press, 2009
  • Thomas Edison: Inventor with a Lot of Bright Ideas, Children's Press, 2009
  • Henry Ford: Big Wheel in the Auto Industry, Children's Press, 2009
  • Alexander Graham Bell: Setting the Tone for Communication, Children's Press, 2009
  • Mary Leakey: Archaeologist Who Really Dug her Work, Children's Press, 2009
  • Benjamin Franklin: Electrified the World with New Ideas, Children's Press, 2009
  • Charles Drew: Doctor Who got the World Pumped Up to Donate Blood, Children's Press, 2009
  • The Wright Brothers: Inventors Whose Ideas Really Took Flight, Children's Press, 2010
  • Jane Goodall: Researcher Who Champions Chimps, Children's Press, 2010
  • Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak: Geek Heroes Who Put the Personal in Computers, Children's Press, 2010
  • Lise Meitner: Had the Right Vision about Nuclear Fission, Children's Press, 2010
  • Rachel Carson: Clearing the Way for Environmental Protection, Children's Press, 2010
  • Daniel Hale Williams: Surgeon Who Opened Hearts and Minds, Children's Press, 2010
  • Luis Alvarez: Wild Idea Man, Children's Press, 2010Getting to Know the US Presidents
  • James Madison: Fourth President 1809 - 1817, Children's Press, 2004
  • George Washington: First President 1789 - 1797, Children's Press, 2005
  • John Adams: Second President 1797 - 1801, Children's Press, 2005
  • Thomas Jefferson: Third President 1801 - 1809, Children's Press, 2005
  • James Monroe: Fifth President 1817 - 1825, Children's Press, 2005
  • John Quincy Adams: Sixth President 1825 - 1829, Children's Press, 2005
  • Andrew Jackson: Seventh President, Children's Press, 2005
  • Martin Van Buren: Eighth President 1837 - 1841, Children's Press, 2005
  • William Henry Harrison: Ninth President 1841, Children's Press, 2005
  • John Tyler: Tenth President 1841 - 1845, Children's Press, 2005
  • James K. Polk: Eleventh President 1845 - 1849, Children's Press, 2005
  • Zachary Taylor: Twelfth President 1849 - 1850, Children's Press, 2005
  • Millard Fillmore: Thirteenth President, Children's Press, 2005
  • Franklin Pierce: Fourteenth President, Children's Press, 2005
  • James Buchanan: Fifteenth President, Children's Press, 2005
  • Abraham Lincoln: Sixteenth President 1861 - 1865, Children's Press, 2005
  • Andrew Johnson: Seventeenth President, Children's Press, 2005
  • Ulysses S. Grant: Eighteenth President 1869 - 1877, Children's Press, 2006
  • Rutherford B. Hayes: Nineteenth President 1877 - 1881, Children's Press, 2006
  • James Garfield: Twentieth President, Children's Press, 2006
  • Chester A. Arthur: Twenty-First President 1881 - 1885, Children's Press, 2006
  • Grover Cleveland: Twenty-Second and Twenty-Fourth President 1885 - 1889 1893 - 1897, Children's Press, 2006
  • Benjamin Harrison: Twenty-Third President, Children's Press, 2006
  • William McKinley: Twenty-Fifth President 1897 - 1901, Children's Press, 2006
  • Theodore Roosevelt: Twenty-Sixth President 1901 - 1909, Children's Press, 2006
  • William Howard Taft: Twenty-Seventh President 1909 - 1913, Children's Press, 2006
  • Woodrow Wilson: Twenty-Eighth President1913 - 1921, Children's Press, 2006
  • Warren G. Harding: Twenty-Ninth President 1921 - 1923, Children's Press, 2006
  • Calvin Coolidge: Thirtieth President 1923 - 1929, Children's Press, 2006
  • Herbert Hoover: Thirty-First President 1929 - 1933, Children's Press, 2006
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt: Thirty-Second President 1933 - 1945, Children's Press, 2007
  • Harry S. Truman: Thirty-Third President 1945 - 1953, Children's Press, 2007
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower: Thirty-Fourth President 1953 - 1961, Children's Press, 2007
  • John F. Kennedy: Thirty-Fifth President 1961 - 1963, Children's Press, 2007
  • Lyndon B. Johnson: Thirty-Sixth President 1963 - 1969, Children's Press, 2007
  • Richard M. Nixon: Thirty-Seventh President 1969 - 1974, Children's Press, 2007
  • Bill Clinton: Forty-Second President 1993 - 2001, Children's Press, 2007
  • Gerald R. Ford: Thirty-Eighth President 1974 - 1977, Children's Press, 2008
  • Jimmy Carter: Thirty-Ninth President 1977 - 1981, Children's Press, 2007
  • Ronald Reagan: Fortieth President 1981 - 1989, Children's Press, 2008
  • George Bush: Forty-First President 1989 - 1993, Children's Press, 2008
  • George W. Bush: Forty-Third President 2001 - Present, Children's Press, 2007


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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