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Art & Max Hardcover – October 4, 2010
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These images show the development of the opening spread for my latest picture book, Art & Max. Given that a picture book is so brief, the opening pages must set the scene and introduce the characters in a concise and effective way. On the half title and title pages of Art & Max, I show Max racing across the landscape, from left to right. Now, on pages 4 and 5, he enters the scene as the story begins.
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Set in the desert, Art & Max is the story of two lizards; one, Arthur (Art), is an artist, the second, Max, admires Art and hopes to be an artist as well. When he shows up, brushes and canvas in hand as Art is working on a portrait and claims that he can paint, too, Arthur's first reaction is a dismissive "Don't be ridiculous!" Upon seeing Max's crestfallen reaction to his words, though, Art relents and invites Max to set up his easel but instructs him to stay out of his way. When Max is stuck for a subject and Art rather grandly suggests that Max paint him, Max takes him at his word. Chaos, as they say, ensues.
While I loved the artwork - the muted desert tones and simplicity of the backgrounds, the expressive faces, the melting watercolors - I simply don't have the knowledge of art to analyze Wiesner's work in Art & Max in depth. So I'll leave that commentary to others with more expertise and instead go a different route, sharing the messages I took from the book as a whole.
1. Hold fast to enthusiasm and never, ever lose your grip.
2. Never stop learning.
3. Be willing to experiment.
4. Look at the world with curious eyes.Read more ›
Art, a horned lizard with an artist's temperament, is doing a bit of portraiture in his desert environment when along bounces happy-go-lucky Max. Max wants to paint just like Art, and the grumpy elder agrees grudgingly, informing the little guy, "Just don't get in the way." When Max asks what he should paint, Art suggests himself. Unfortunately for him, Max takes this advice a little too literally and Max finds himself covered in oils, turned into pastels, and eventually nothing more than a mere outline of his former self.Read more ›
Recommended for ages: 4 and up (Adults - you'll like this one, too!)
I can certainly see why others would love "Art and Max" but for us it was just okay. Not the book we'd suggest first to a David Wiesner novice. Ultimately, it's just a matter of taste. The book is fun, just not the fun-est.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
David Wiesner is an amazing illustrator! The story is simple and encourages kids to use their imagination and think about what is happening in this clever story told primarily... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kim
Super cute picture book! I love the illustrations and story! Great message.Published 3 months ago by Britt A.
There are many different kinds of artists. Arthur (Art for short) is a professional artist who includes a lot of detail in his paintings. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Stacy Renee
This book is full of surprises. The visuals are highly complex. The being together of the logic of words and the logic of visuals at first confused me, but later I see how this is... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Phung Ha Thanh
Favorite "read aloud" and "act out the parts" book EVER for our grandkids. Illustrations are WONDERFUL!!! Dialogue just enough.
THANK YOU Mr. Read more
Well . . . you could paint me. ~ Art & Max
ART & MAX: Three-time Caldecott Medal winner David Wiesner blew me away with this “Art”ful treat. Read more
Art and Max is another Wiesner wonder about...art?
The plot is mostly about Art's bodily experience with transforming into different forms of artistic media-... Read more