Nothing stopped James Castle from becomnig an artist. He had difficulty making friends, so he made them out of cardboard. He slept in a bare attic. But he filled it with visions of the cozy bed and room he longed for. They took away his art materials. So he made art from soot and paper from the trash. He could not hear and he never learned to speak. And yet he created art that speaks to us still. This tribute to one of America's most original artists comes from the imagination of one of America's most beloved children's book illustrators, Allen Say. Together they will inspire a new generation of artisits to overcome whatever obstacles they encounter.