Thursday, October 14, 2010

Art & Max by David Wiesner

Arthur is a great painter. He usually paints portraits. Max wants to paint, too. He's never done it before and isn't sure how it all works, but he's got lots of speed and energy. Maybe too much energy - Max starts painting ON Arthur and, through a series of techniques, accidentally makes him disappear. How can he get Art back? There's only one way - through the power of art.

I love David Wiesner's books. The illustrations are amazing and there's such cleverness and wit in how the story is presented. When I first saw this title, I was afraid that it was going to be a story about how an uptight artist is shaken up by a free spirit and how that makes everything better. I was nervous because that's a storyline that I don't really like, whether it's in books or movies or TV. Art & Max isn't really like that at all, and if it is, it's just a tiny part of the story. It's much more about the power of art and illustration, the artistic process barriers and boundaries, and even problem solving and remembering the small details. It's funny, colourful, and perfect for sharing with the young and young at heart.

Find it at IndieBound.

Read it with:
Flotsam by David Wiesner
Chester by Melanie Watt
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
Art's Supplies by Chris Tougas
We Are in a Book! by Mo Willems

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