From Publishers Weekly
Fud Butter practices his artistic skills in this surreal and sophisticated poem. Ages 5-8.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
In a disappointing picture-book debut, Christiana has tried to create a fanciful world in which the "drawer" (artist) who lives in a drawer takes readers on a trip to different places: "down the hill/ Where Jack met Jill," to "Willy Nilly's Windowsill," and even "to the top of the sky." The book attempts to celebrate art and imaginations that allow readers to travel anywhere or be anyone. But the story falls short; the awkward text lacks the sparkle to draw young listeners into the spell of the art. Christiana's overriding delight is his "line," the prevailing symbol of the book. Although he puts it to many uses as it travels throughout the book, it comes across as an artistic indulgence rather than a clear symbol that children can relate to or understand, as they do Harold and the Purple Crayon (Harper, 1958) by Crockett Johnson. Many of the small details, such as the recurring appearance of the armadillos, will be lost on younger children. Some of the illustrations are lively and reflect Christiana's passion for his work; he effectively contrasts bright colors and dark backgrounds; his unusual interpretation of everyday objects such as the "bandaged" stars and the star-filled blanket on the drawer/bed adds a fanciful note. But because the reader's imagination is so controlled by the text, the book may not attract a wide audience. --Jane Marino, White Plains Public Library, NY
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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