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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Library Binding edition (April 12, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031611491X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316114912
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3-In a play on words that carries throughout the story, Art, a young boy, joyfully tries his hand at all kinds of art. He DRAWS SCRIBBLES THAT SQUIGGLE, SPLOTCHES WITH BLOTCHES, ZIGS and ZAGS, doodles and dogs, and so much more. His creations, rendered in watercolor and crayon, extend from the drizzles on the title page to swirls and curls and Jackson Pollock-like spreads until the doodles become a picture in which Art and his dog blast off for the moon: THERE'S NO STOPPING ART...WHEN ART IS INSPIRED. He falls asleep amid his work and awakens to find it on the refrigerator, PUT THERE BY MOTHER 'CAUSE MOTHER LOVES ART. The rhyming text is brief and takes a backseat to the little boy's exuberant pictures. This story, along with Peter H. Reynolds's The Dot (Candlewick, 2003), can free up hesitant artists to let their talent shine.-Marianne Saccardi, formerly at Norwalk Community College, CT
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PreS-K. McDonnell, creator of the Mutts comic strip, offers this slim story that owes its concept to Crockett Johnson's classic Harold and the Purple Crayon (1955). McDonnell begins with wordplay: "This is Art," read the words above an image of a young boy. "And this is art," read the words on the following page, located above a rainbow of watercolor swirls. On the following spreads, McDonnell's rhyming text follows Art, the boy, as he wields his crayons, pencils, and brushes with gleeful abandon, creating joyful swirls, zigzags, and doodles that eventually form a neighborhood scene, which he enters in his dreams when he falls asleep. The story is slender, and the rhymes occasionally seem cloying: "Art stares at the paper and uses his noodle to conjure up a perfect doodle." Peter Reynolds' The Dot (2003) offers more substantive stories about kids creating art. Still, the scenes of Art at work exude a contagious, freewheeling energy that may inspire children to grab their own crayons and let their imaginations loose on paper. Gillian Engberg
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More About the Author

Patrick McDonnell is a New York Times best-selling author. He received the National Cartoonists Society Reuben Award for Cartoonist of the Year in 1999, and Mutts was named Strip of the Year in 1997. A dedicated animal advocate and Genesis Award recipient, McDonnell regularly lends his talents to animal protection groups and issues, including the Humane Society of the United States, where he serves on the national board of directors. McDonnell was also recently elected to the board of directors of the Charles M. Schulz Museum. He is a native of New Jersey.

Learn more about Patrick McDonnell at www.MUTTScomics.com

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Our daughter loves the book.
Gail Murray
I've been a huge fan of Mutts for some time, so when I saw this book by Patrick McDonnell, I felt like I needed to check it out.
KB
Cute illustrations, adorable story and the flow and rhyme of the text just makes it fun to read out loud.
Sarah Raffuse

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Linda Kranz on April 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
In this book the reader sees how being creative can be so much fun! As a mother I can remember all those "masterpieces" my daughter and son would skillfully craft for me. I have many of those pieces of art tucked away for a day in the future when I can place those treasures back in my child's hands. I know they will beam a smile as the memories return them to a place and a time not so long ago when life was simple - the place of course, is childhood. If you enjoyed The Gift of Nothing I think this book would also be a terrific choice for your library. I especially like the ending! Mother's do love art! Check it out!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I agree w/ the elementary teacher who commented about 'grownup art not being sufficient if Mcdonnell's celebrating children's art'. It was my first reaction when I saw the images (I'm also a teacher).

HOWEVER, since this book makes no claims to be original children's art, I can love this book unconditionally. I read through it and I have to say that the book is beautiful. It echoes children's art, the freedom and joy of movement even though it's drawn by a seasoned artist. In this way does Mcdonnell celebrate children's art even if he cannot recreate it. The world created in the book is as whimsical as any story I've watched pre-K kids create. The narration is beautiful.

I love this book and have added it to my personal collection.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By W. Burks on September 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I love this book! I am a mom of three under 5 years old, and this book rings true to me. Everyday, I receive "gifts" of art from my children that look much like the books' character Art's doodles, and as their mom (and just like Art's mom), I love their art! My kids love the book because Art's art looks like their art so they can relate as well. It's a book for the whole family. And regarding another reviewer's comment on how the book could be improved with different colors and art, I believe that if asked, all readers could think of ways how any book could be improved more to their liking, and that's why people write their own books, to have it their own way. For example, I may have liked the book even more if the author used more sparkly looking art which my daughter really enjoys or even named the character after my daughter which would make the book especially endearing to us, but you can't always have a book reflect your own personal taste. So, having said that, I still love the book, and think it does appeal to a wide audience...kids and parents! :-)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on March 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Patrick McDonnell the creator of the Mutts comic strip, has illustrated for the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Forbes, Time, Parents and other publications. He has scored a direct hit with his children's book Art.

Art, a little boy, creates his art freely and with creative flare in Art. Art draws lines in the form of zigs and zags, scribbles that squiggle and dots in many colors and sizes. He plops splotches and blotches on the page, then with a flourish creates the curliest cue.

His inspiration is the paper and his mind and from there he doodles and creates his masterpieces. Exhausted he falls fast asleep and when he awakens, all those masterpieces have been carefully hung on the refrigerator by his mother.

Armchair Interviews says: Art is a delightful character that exudes personality and comes alive as he madly creates his art. Children will love the book Art.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kate Shade on January 9, 2014
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McDonnell plays with the meaning of words and images to tell the simple story of a little boy who loves to paint, and his other who loves her son's creations. Minimal, simple text and sprawling illustrations will capture the interest of even very young children, and early elementary students will still appreciate the clever wordplay.
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Format: Hardcover
We received this book as a birthday present for our 3-year-old son. The hardcover edition is a very elegant looking book with what appear to be watercolor and ink illustrations. This is not a text-heavy book--some pages have a dozen or fewer words--and it is perfectly suitable for a 2-4 year old. I will add that I and my older kids (10 and 11) thoroughly enjoy reading it with the little guy as well. It is the story of a boy named Art and the different kinds of art he creates (lines, squggles, stars, etc.). The story, as it exists, does not have much too it, other than to demonstrate that art can be created by even a little boy and that his acts of creation engage his imagination and expand his world. The conclusion is really the cherry on top of a lovely book for young children to enjoy. While the storys and presentation are very different, my enjoyment of this book reminded me of when I first discovered Guess How Much I Love You (with the two little nut-brown hare rabbits), about 10 years ago. That franchise appears to have become bigger than life--perhaps over-exposed, I don't know--but the gentle, warm story made a great impression on us at the time. ART has had a similar effect. A great find for anyone looking for a book for 0-3 and above.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HawkeyeMom on January 9, 2014
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This book is sweet and simple. I studied art and my toddler also has a love for it so this was an easy choice. Adorable artwork with an even more adorable ending.
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By Claudia Reder on November 27, 2013
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Teaching preservice teachers, I always look for books that complement my philosophy of introducing arts and creativity into the curriculum. Children and adults are hungry for creative outlooks in this time of standards. After reading the book to the class, we continue our discussion about how education can enhance or be a creativity blocker. Then of course, we must try painting ourselves to remember what it was like....
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