Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Children's Book Review: Art & Max
Art & Max
Written and illustrated by: David Wiesner
Published by: Clarion Books, 2010
Max and Arthur are friends who share an interest in painting. Arthur is an accomplished painter; Max is a beginner. Max’s first attempt at using a paintbrush sends the two friends on a whirlwind trip through various artistic media, which turn out to have unexpected pitfalls. Although Max is inexperienced, he’s courageous—and a quick learner. His energy and enthusiasm bring the adventure to its triumphant conclusion. Beginners everywhere will take heart.
* This was our first book by David Wiesner. After reading the bookjacket we discovered that he is a three time Caldecott Medal award winner! The book was a little confusing in the beginning for us, trying to figure out which character was which. Once we figured it out, the book takes you on a wild, sometimes humorous visual ride. Max, a budding artist, wants to paint. When Arthur, the more serious artist suggests that Max "paint him".....well things get interesting from there. This book was visually impressive and we will be reading some more of Wiesner's work!
Family Rating: 1 1/2 thumbs up.