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Artby Patrick Mcdonnell
Synopses & Reviews
In the spirit of Harold and the Purple Crayon, Patrick McDonnell's
ART introduces you to an imaginative and colorful world of splotches, blotches,
squiggles, curlicues, and more. A young artist, Art is your lively guide into this captivating and dynamic book. Art celebrates art (and Art) with a simple text that's full of life, creations that practically dance off the pages, and a surprising and heartwarming ending. It is an expression of pure joy.
"Art serves as a boy's name and favorite pastime in this cheerful sequence, which echoes Crockett Johnson's Harold and the Purple Crayon. McDonnell (The Gift of Nothing) lures readers along with antic visuals and a catchy rhyming text about 'Art and his art/ Can you tell them apart?' The boy stands about an inch-and-a-half tall in the squarish pages, and in one Jackson Pollock — esque spread, he is indeed covered in his medium. Wearing his blue baseball hat backward and attired in Dennis the Menace fashion, he reaches with a brush to fill the vast white space all around him with red, yellow and blue daubs and spatters, zigzags and spirals, drips and dots. Then he grabs a thick black pencil and doodles a flat house, a basic tree and a cartoon dog. All this activity wears him out, and when he wakes from a nap, he sees his creations tacked to the fridge: 'Held there by magnets/ (stars and a heart)/ Put there by mother/ 'Cause mother loves Art.' The hero, drawn neatly in a clean black line, with his compact body, shock of hair and giant smile, recalls everybody from Richard Outcault's Yellow Kid to Bill Watterson's Calvin. McDonnell takes a familiar topic — an imaginative boy who loves to draw — and injects this volume with an exuberant comic-strip sensibility. Ages 3-6." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
A rhyming tribute to a budding young artist.
Patrick McDonnell's "Art" introduces children to the imaginative world of art and the endless opportunities it holds. Sure to captivate the minds and warm the hearts of children and adults alike, "Art" shows readers that a picture really can be worth a thousand words. Illustrations.
About the Author
Patrick McDonnell is the award-winning creator of the Mutts comic strip, which is now in its 11th year of syndications and runs in more than 500 newspapers in the U.S. and around the world. In painting Art, Patrick was delighted to escape his normal once-a-week color limitations and made sure he used every color he had on hand. He lives in New Jersey, and his Web site is www.muttscomics.com.
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