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Art & Max Hardcover – Picture Book, October 4, 2010
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Max and Arthur are friends who share an interest in painting. Arthur is an accomplished painter; Max is a beginner. Max's first attempt at using a paintbrush sends the two friends on a whirlwind trip through various artistic media, which turn out to have unexpected pitfalls. Although Max is inexperienced, he's courageous and a quick learner. His energy and enthusiasm bring the adventure to its triumphant conclusion. Beginners everywhere will take heart.
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Introduction to the photos below:
These images show the development of the opening spread for my latest picture book, Art & Max. Given that a picture book is so brief, the opening pages must set the scene and introduce the characters in a concise and effective way. On the half title and title pages of Art & Max, I show Max racing across the landscape, from left to right. Now, on pages 4 and 5, he enters the scene as the story begins.
This drawing is from an early dummy, before I had fully designed the characters or fully worked out the story. Max was originally a chameleon, but I decided to make him a Collared Lizard instead. I have reversed the position of Arthur and Max to continue the left to right movement from the title page. I am exploring body stances to find an expressive interaction between the two characters. This isn’t it. Arthur is beginning to look better. Their physical relationship still doesn't feel right. Here the characters are looking good, but I think Max still needs to burst onto the scene somehow. Now Max is off his feet, literally flying into the picture, and the landscape has also come together. The scene, painted, as it appears in the book. The story of Art & Max has begun.
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- Publisher : Clarion Books; Illustrated edition (October 4, 2010)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 40 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0618756639
- ISBN-13 : 978-0618756636
- Reading age : 3 - 8 years, from customers
- Lexile measure : 310L
- Grade level : Preschool - 3
- Item Weight : 1.16 pounds
- Dimensions : 11 x 0.46 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #58,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Set in the desert, Art & Max is the story of two lizards; one, Arthur (Art), is an artist, the second, Max, admires Art and hopes to be an artist as well. When he shows up, brushes and canvas in hand as Art is working on a portrait and claims that he can paint, too, Arthur's first reaction is a dismissive "Don't be ridiculous!" Upon seeing Max's crestfallen reaction to his words, though, Art relents and invites Max to set up his easel but instructs him to stay out of his way. When Max is stuck for a subject and Art rather grandly suggests that Max paint him, Max takes him at his word. Chaos, as they say, ensues.
While I loved the artwork - the muted desert tones and simplicity of the backgrounds, the expressive faces, the melting watercolors - I simply don't have the knowledge of art to analyze Wiesner's work in Art & Max in depth. So I'll leave that commentary to others with more expertise and instead go a different route, sharing the messages I took from the book as a whole.
1. Hold fast to enthusiasm and never, ever lose your grip.
2. Never stop learning.
3. Be willing to experiment.
4. Look at the world with curious eyes.
5. Breaking out of the box can be exhilarating.
6. While a master may be a source of inspiration to his/her students, the master can also gain inspiration FROM the student.
7. Even as our outer appearance changes, we are still, at the core, much the same person.
8. Though not a message, I also learned that Acme delivers to desert-dwelling animals that are not coyotes. Who knew?
After spending some time with Art & Max today, I re-read Wiesner's other books. I'm going to have to admit that I still prefer Flotsam and (my personal favorite) Free Fall , but I loved the messages I took from Art & Max. My admiration for and appreciation of Wiesner's talent continues to grow.
I enjoyed the book a great deal, but I worried kids would be disinterested; I appear to be wrong. The first-grader's I've worked with loved it; best of all for different reasons. Some loved the exuberance of Max; some the outburst and withering of Arthur. Some even looked beyond the main narrative and followed the silent stories of the other three lizards. There were a few kids who did not care for it; expressive reading can cure much of this.
This book lacks the grandeur of some of Wiesner's other works, such as Flotsam, Sector 7 or my personal favorite June 29th, 1999. Its setting is sparse, with just 5 characters (2 speaking) and (excellent) desert landscape the background. This is not a bad thing, just a different feel that takes some getting used to. Those who are used to Wiesner's work will appreciate Art & Max after a few reads. Those who are new should have no problem at all jumping into the story.
This is a great book that will remain in my library and on my suggestion list for children. Every time I feel I've dissected the book, I discover some new twist in the artwork or storytelling that prompts me to reread again. I do not believe the story will be enjoyed by everyone, but there is so much quality to find for those who do enjoy it.
Well, I had reached the 50 book mark well before schedule, but the grand-daughter has turned out to be something of an artist. So when I saw the David Wiesner book, ART & MAX (she already has almost all of the Wiesner books), I couldn't pass it up!
She loves it. It is wonderfully illustrated, and brings the characters to life in a way that only David Wiesner can do, and only children, with their unfettered imaginations, can appreciate fully.
Wiesner's books are fabulous. Every child ought to have these books, as well as some others I would recommend. They set a child's imagination soaring, while they teach the valuable lesson of reading and reasoning and being kind.
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However, there was not really anything that I could see outstanding in either the plot or the artwork here to merit the high prices for the book. It was an average kids' book without much of a plot. Decent but not exceptional artwork here.