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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 840L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press (April 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554537819
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554537815
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 9.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #426,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

K-Gr 2-Mr. Flux is an agent of change whose mysterious arrival rocks the staid burbs in which very-well-behaved Martin lives. Curiously predictable, the story is devoid of the very plot twists that it seems Mr. Flux would approve of. This is your standard "change-can-be-good" story, but it also seems to push the agenda of the Fluxus movement of the 1960s a little harder than will appeal to most children. (An author's note explains that the story is loosely based on Fluxus artist George Maciunas.) Mr. Flux, for example, inspires the local librarian to throw salad into a wading pool, making change seem more for the sake of wackiness than for anything meaningful or even enjoyable. Stephens's cubist perspectives give Mr. Flux's monocle a curious place on the side of his face, making his oddball art the perfect fit for the story line. The appealing blues and greens, tall size, and thick paper stock will make the book stand out on the shelf, but the text will likely appeal only to adults trying to coax their children out of the safety of routines.-Jenna Boles, Washington-Centerville Public Library, OHα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

In this picture book for those who are dubious about change—and who isn’t, a little bit, really?—Mr. Flux tells the story of Martin, a young boy who lives in a tidy little square house in a quiet and sedate neighborhood. Quiet and sedate, that is, until Mr. Flux arrives, employing a hat as a mailbox, turning a fish into a fountain, and launching a good-natured assault on the status quo. A mysterious box lures Martin to the new arrival’s door, and before you can say uh-oh, Martin is playing ping-pong with olives. With an archly raised eyebrow, Maclear (Spork, 2010; Virginia Wolf, 2012) offers an obvious, enjoyable call for silliness, while newcomer Stephens creates scenes of age-appropriate surrealism to match the mood. The book uses Fluxus, a media-blending artistic movement of the 1960s, as an inspiration and tonal springboard. This will sail over most of the young audience, of course, but anchoring the story in an element of art history gives it an added philosophical dimension, nevertheless. Grades K-2. --Jesse Karp

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I thought this was a very creative and well done book.
Bren
My thoughts: I loved this - change is good - that is the theme of this book - and Mr.Flux is the mascot for change.
LadyInRead
Mr. Flux moves in to Martin's rather stodgy and hidebound neighborhood.
Pop Bop

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Darian Burns on April 27, 2013
Mr. Flux is the tale of Martin as well as his friends that avoid change until odd Mr. Flux moves in and reveals to them that change can be large or small or even fit inside a box, and not at all scary.

The book's creator is Kyo Maclear. She has also authored two critically acclaimed children's books, Spork (2010) as well as Virginia Wolf (2012), both illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault.

I am captivated by the illustrations in this book. All give a individual quality to the text that I certainly appreciate. Credit to Matte Stephens the book's artist. The narrative is an attractive idea. It's a playful story of a boy that learns to welcome variety. The message that change can be a positive thing is given in a lighthearted and engaging manner which young readers will appreiate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 1, 2013
You can read this book with your little one and explore the idea of change - change in habits, change in attitudes, change in outlook, or change for the fun of doing things differently. Or, you can read the author's note at the end, read a little about the Fluxus movement in art, and then reread the book to find that it is in fact a charming, witty and cheerfully optimistic review of Fluxus, one of the more interesting artistic movements of the 1960's and 1970's, (continuing somewhat today in the form of multi-media and digital art).

This Amazon site is a little light on describing the book, so let's summarize. Mr. Flux moves in to Martin's rather stodgy and hidebound neighborhood. Martin is a bit timid and already living in a bit of a rut. Mr. Flux, undeterred by lack of precedent, is artsy, unpredictable and perfectly happy to do things backwards, forwards, and wrong way around. Martin and Mr. Flux become friends and Martin begins to loosen up. This fluidity is contagious and eventually the whole neighborhood relaxes and gets into the spirit of change.

The changes are silly and random; Fluxus is after all the spiritual descendant of Dada, but the ideas of creativity and joy and color and movement and light and simplicity and found art can be a little silly and a little random and still be engaging.

There is some very sly stuff here. Martin and Mr. Flux "teach" each other about art, with Martin showing Mr. Flux representational art and Mr. Flux introducing conceptual art. Mr. Flux's example of things that aren't "art" but are still wonderful is unclear in the book, but if you look closely you see it is a clever play on Marcel Duchamp's "Fountain", Duchamp being a major if not the major early influence on the Fluxus artists.

Anyway, "Mr.
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By Dena on May 11, 2013
I love the pictures in this book. They give a unique feel to the book that I really like. The story is an interesting concept. It's a whimsical tale of a boy (and a neighborhood) that learns to embrace change. The message that change can be a good thing is delivered in a fun and entertaining way that children will enjoy.
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By Christamainium on April 15, 2013
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We enjoyed this book when it arrived today. I am a fan of Matte Stephens art which is why I ordered the book and the illustrations did not disappoint. They delighted my children and myself.

The story is about change and how a little town does not like change. Then Mr.Flux, an artist, moves in and the town starts to embrace change. It's a cute story which was also very enjoyable. My children are 4 1/2 and 21 months and obviously the 21 month old is a little young for the story line but he still liked looking at the pictures with us and sat for the whole book and giggled along with us.
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