Monday, March 12, 2012

Art & Max by David Wiesner

Book Jacket

Arthur knows how to paint.  He's ready to share his wisdom with Max, who has a lot to learn but can't wait to dive right in.

Their story begins here.  Is it about creating a work of art?  Or about an uproarious, eye-opening adventure?

Or both?

Art and Max will find out very soon.  And so will you.


Let's start by acknowledging that Wiesner's artwork is nothing short of phenomenal.  When his characters are regular desert dwellers, they are gorgeous.  But the real fun and creativity starts when Art is covered in paint, melted of color, and left a pencil-lined figure before being built back into a fully formed lizard once more.

Art & Max shows both sides of artistry.  Sometimes it's good to think outside the box.  Sometimes it's good to reign in your crazier ideas.  But no matter what you do, art--and fun--is possible!

I loved this book, but am I the only one to think that the page when Max is left standing in a tangle of lines that used to be Art is incredibly creepy?  Egads.  That's one for horror stories.  Thankfully it is all quickly made right. 

Five out of five paint splatters.

Release Date: October 2010
Reading Level: Grade K+
Where In Dunlap Public Library's Collection: MONARCH

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