I bought this to give to a child who is a big SpongeBob fan. I read it and found it was better than I expected it to be. This is not the sort of children's literature that will ever win a Newbery Award, but if a kid asks for it, it makes sense to get it. The cost is not much more than a greeting card, so it is a decent value. I did a search here at Amazon and was amazed to find these titles: SpongeBob RoundPants, SpongeBob SantaPants, SpongeBob SpookyPants, SpongeBob PartyPants, and, my favorite title of all, WhoBob WhatPants?
The authors and illustrators of these books vary. This particular book, The Art Contest: No Cheating Allowed! is by Steven Banks and illustrated by Robert Dress. I teach illustration and I am quite impressed with the artwork for this one. As you can see from the cover art, SpongeBob is into surrealism. In the interior illustrations SpongeBob also takes inspiration from Edward Hopper and Grant Wood.
I bought two SpongeBob books for two different kids that day, and this is the one I preferred for its narrative and art.
My daughter only asked for a few things for her birthday, and one was the Spongebob Arteest book, as she calls it, lol. She was so happy to get it, we've read it a few times, cute story, nice artwork all in full color. I couldn't ask for much more that a book that my 5-year old wants to read with me over and over.
Went online to find Spongebob Squarepants book: The Art Contest. I went on several different websites but found that Amazon had the best price, as usual! Fast shipping and service. Thanks again, Amazon!