Format: Hard Cover Picture Book
Rating: 1-5: (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5++
What did you like about the book? Love for the art world permeates this clever introduction to the wonder of artistic expression. An adorable pudgy hamster greets readers by asking them how they would make a snowman. He then draws a simple traditional snowman. Stating that not all artists paint the same, the chipmunk then paints a snowman in the styles of seventeen famous artists starting with Picasso, and including such diverse virtuosos as Lichtenstein, O’Keeffe, Monet, Chagall, and Pollock. A blank page invites readers to copy the page and express their own interpretation. End pages provide a paragraph of additional information about each artist as well as a page of advice from Greg Newbold on how to develop an artistic voice. What a creative, approachable way to show children how artists interpret the world in unique ways and to invite them to join in!
Anything you didn’t like about it? No, it is flawless.
To whom would you recommend this book? Hand this to budding young artists from first grade and up. Plus, every elementary and middle school art teacher should have this book.
Who should buy this book? Elementary school libraries and public libraries. This would also be a good fit for middle school library picture book collections.
Where would you shelve it? Shelve in 750.
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA
Date of review: 10/1/17