The team behind The Remarkable Farkle McBride returns with another high-spirited tale celebrating the arts. While young Farkle found joy in orchestral music, Micawber the squirrel is a lover of the fine art of painting. The refined New York City rodent makes a weekly scamper from his Central Park nest to the nearby "palace on Fifth Avenue" (the Metropolitan Museum of Art), where he can "feast... his eyes and his heart" on countless masterworks. On one such museum visit Micawber stows away among an art student's supplies and winds up in the woman's apartment, where he clandestinely uses her equipment to paint his own canvases, substituting his bushy tail for a brush. As months pass, the benign bandit assembles his own colorful gallery in his home atop the park's carousel. In a tighter, more linear text than Farkle, Lithgow conveys the sense of discovery and emotional enjoyment one can experience while observing or creating art. The vast majority of lines here have a musical rhythm, though young readers may need to puzzle out the meaning of words like "peregrination." Payne's mixed-media compositions capture an area of Manhattan at its clean, sunny best. His varying perspectives and occasionally paint-splattered backgrounds embrace all the exhilaration of Lithgow's words. Ages 5-8. FYI: Included is a CD recording of Lithgow reading his text.
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"Lithgow's love of language and wordplay shines throughout his work."
-- USA TODAY
"Another high-spirited tale celebrating the arts."
-- Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Cute story! Love his ability to paint with his tail. Enjoyed learning art education in a fun way.Published 7 months ago by Nadine M. Swanson
We LOVE this book, cute and very entertaining! - I cant wait to buy more by John Lithgow!Published 11 months ago by praby19
Kudos to the artist, C.F. Payne. The art work in this book is stunning and children will delight in each drawing, especially the four-page, fold-out double-spread. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Hope Irvin Marston
Interesting but not great, no CD in the used copy. Seemed like a story designed for kids who live in the neighborhood and visit Central Park often.Published 13 months ago by tspia
My kids (now 8 & 9), and I, love reading this, and all of John Lithgow's kids books. We like to imagine we have Macawber's running around in our backyard! Read morePublished 18 months ago by Sandii Peiffer
I absolutely love John Lithgow's books for kids. The illustrators he collaborates with are perfect as well. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Kristine Johanek
I first read this book with my 2 year old grandson, it has since been my go to gift giving book for any occasion , (replacing Where the Wild Things) great language, wonderful... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Cathy
As an artist I am always seeking artistic books to give as gifts particularly to young children who may be inspired by the content. Read morePublished on September 1, 2013 by sandra thompson
My 3 year old son insists on hearing this when the lights go out. Even if some of the words are obscure, the meter and rhyme schemes are so well-crafted that the definitions don't... Read morePublished on May 1, 2013 by James Brewster