Dorothy & Herbert An Ordinary Couple and Their Extraordinary Collection of Art

Dorothy & Herbert

An Ordinary Couple and Their Extraordinary Collection of Art


Price: $18.99

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  • Publication Date: October 19, 2021
  • Imprint: Cameron Kids
  • Trim Size: 10 x 11 12
  • ISBN: 9781951836214
  • Page Count: 40
  • Illustrations: Full-color illustrations throughout with 4-page gatefold
  • Rights: World/All

A picture book biography about an ordinary New York City couple and their extraordinary collection of art

In the heart of Manhattan lived a librarian and a postal clerk who loved art so much that they collected it. Over the years, Dorothy and Herbert brought home hundreds of works of art—from little-known SoHo artists to luminaries such as Chuck Close and Christo and Jeanne-Claude—to their small, empty-walled apartment, much to the curiosity and delight of their eight cats and tank of fish. Their passion for art and support of artists was so impressive, Dorothy and Herbert became famous themselves. And when they gifted their extraordinary collection to the National Gallery of Art, their art became ours, inspiring new generations of artists.


"Lyrical, energetic text and memorable, innovative illustrations (including a particularly dramatic double gatefold) capture the Vogels’ love of art and the artists of New York’s SoHo community, show how Dorothy and Herbert became mentors and hosts, and include interesting details. Overall, this is a warm and thoughtful depiction of the two collectors as well as an engaging introduction to the world of modern art."
Kirkus Reviews
"An eccentric tumble down an unexpectedly accessible bio of two fans who made their passion into a way of life, and just the kind of adventure that many children will find inspiring."
School Library Journal
"The mid-century-style illustrations convey the movement and energy of life in the 1960s; they also depict the Vogels' home, crowded with artwork, animals, and (famous) friends."
Horn Book Magazine

About the author

Children’s book author Jackie Azúa Kramer lives with her family and her collection of tiny pigs in Long Island, New York. She is also the author, with her son Jonah, of the forthcoming book Manolo and the Unicorn, to be published by Cameron Kids. Julia Breckenreid is an award-winning and widely published fine artist and illustrator whose work has appeared in the New York Times and Illustoria magazine. This is her first book for Cameron Kids. She lives in Toronto.