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The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horseby Eric Carle
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A brilliant new Eric Carle picture book for the artist in us all.
Every child has an artist inside them, and this vibrant picture book from Eric Carle will help let it out. The artist in this book paints the world as he sees it, just like a child. There's a red crocodile, an orange elephant, a purple fox and a polka-dotted donkey. More than anything, there's imagination. Filled with some of the most magnificently colorful animals of Eric Carle's career, this tribute to the creative life celebrates the power of art.
"The Blaue Reiter painter Franz Marc had his art banned by the Nazis, after he died at 36 in WWI. In his first book in more than four years, Carle does not tell Marc's story; he simply assumes his persona. 'I am an artist,' a mop-headed man says, 'and I paint... 'a blue horse and... a red crocodile and...' and the series continues, each animal dominating its spread. While Carle's creatures are constructed from his familiar, brilliantly colored painted-paper shapes, it is the strength and sinew of their forms that impresses — not coincidentally, the quality that distinguishes Marc's originals (two are reprinted on the final pages). As the book progresses, the colors of the animals stray farther and farther from reality (there's a purple fox and a polka-dot donkey), all but daring readers to think outside the box. 'I am a good artist,' the man declares in closing, expressing the satisfaction that comes from using one's creative powers to the fullest. An homage to Marc becomes testimony to Carle's gifts, too. A short afterword about Marc's life is included. Ages 3 – 5." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
A young girl longs to play the violin in this beautiful, moving new book from Mary Lyn Ray and Tricia Tusa that shows it's never too late to follow your dreams.
Ducks growing out of bananas? A mouse catching a cat? Whats wrong with this book?
Yes, theres something strange, something funny and even downright preposterous on every page of this book But its not a mistake its nonsense! And its also surrealism. Nonsense lies at the heart of many beloved nursery rhymes. Children readily accept odd statements like the cow
jumped over the moon” and the dish ran away with the spoon.” This fanciful bending of reality is also basic to surrealism.
In this book, nonsense and surrealism combine to spark creativity and imagination. Whats true? Whats impossible? Whats absolutely absurd? From Eric Carle, creator of the classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, comes a book to make children laugh and think, preparing them for a
lifetime of loving both words and art.
Following on the heels of The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse (an homage to the artist Franz Marc and expressionism) and Friends, with its semi-abstract artwork, The Nonsense Show forms a trilogy of sorts, dedicated to introducing young readers to different styles of artwork without ever overlooking the need to, first and foremost, appeal to children and their love of play. One of the true legends and pioneers of picture book making continues to expand and challenge the genre.
It's time for fun! The Nonsense Show contains something playful, something silly, something downright preposterous on every spread. The inimitable Eric Carle has dedicated his latest picture book creation to one of his favorite art movements, surrealism. With wordplay and visual jokes galore, young readers will encounter a very different side of Eric Carle than the one they might have first met via The Very Hungry Caterpillar or Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Following on the heels of The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse (an homage to Franz Marc and expressionism) and Friends, with its semi-abstract artwork, The Nonsense Show forms a trilogy of picture books dedicated to introducing young readers to different styles of artwork without ever overlooking the need to, first and foremost, appeal to children and their love of play. One of the true legends and pioneers of picture book making continues to expand and challenge the genre.
About the Author
Eric Carle (www.eric-carle.com) divides his time between the Florida Keys and the hills of North Carolina. Visit the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (www.carlemuseum.org) in Amherst, Massachusetts.
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