Synopses & Reviews
Mako is a walrus. He is also an artist. None of his friends understand his ice sculptures. Mako is a bit eccentric and does not do what is expected. His ice carvings of the different marine life just puzzle his friends. They all have more important things to worry about with the ice break-up being worse than normal this year and starting to affect where they can find food. They discover though that real marine animals are attracted to Mako’s sculptures…perhaps Mako’s art will save them all!
"Is art useful? It is when the artist is MÃ¤ko, a hulking walrus who uses his tusks to create fish sculptures on the ice floe on which he lives. But his creations are more than just statues: since they are inspired by the fish below, 'MÃ¤ko's life-sized maps help all of his friends find food.' After all but one of the sculptures are destroyed when the floe breaks up, the seals and penguins that rely on MÃ¤ko's art to find their dinners realize that his sculptures are attracting the fish, too. The artwork in BÃ©ziat's debut is breathtaking: the landscape is sparely evoked in swathes of pale sky, inky sea, and white ice, while dense cross-hatching gives MÃ¤ko a sense of heft and power. BÃ©ziat is also playful in his use of perspective: in a bird's-eye view of the ice floe, its rocky terrain takes on the shape of a giant fish (with MÃ¤ko as the eye). The story suffers a bit in translation, its message about artistic passion murky, but it's impossible not to be enchanted by BÃ©ziat's polar seascapes. Ages 4 up." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Born in France, Julien Beziat grew up drawing and painting alongside his father. His love of books came from his mother. After graduating from the University of Bordeaux, he earned a Ph.D. and became an art teacher. He currently lives near Bordeaux with his wife and two children.