Monday, June 6, 2011

Art and Max by David Wiesner - Book Introduction

Book Introduction:


The first book  the Queen wishes to introduce is Art and Max by David Wiesner, a three-time Caldecott winner and fantastic children's book illustrator. This 40 page book was published in 2010 by Clarion Books  and is geared for ages 5-8, or grades K-3.

Here, my good subjects, is a book you will not only want to sit down to read, but a book you will want to take time to experience.




About the Book:
A lizard, named Max, wants to paint. Art, a true artist in his own right, tries to offer some advice to help the young novice. (a novice is like a student). When Max isn't sure what to paint, Art suggests that he paints him. And yes, Max ends up painting Art.

What results is one stimulating picture after another, worthy of several giggles, as Max tries to fix one mishap after another until Art is reduced to no more than a pile of scribbled lines. Now Max has to “remake” his friend and set things right. But how?



The Queen's Take:
As Art is reduced to a pile of squiggly lines, you will get to see the various art media an illustrator uses when creating a picture book. The young Max is wild and crazy with his paints and Art is more refined. The story question is: What is art, really?

Try these discussion questions: 
Have you ever tried to help out a friend, only to have everything go wrong?
Share stories from your own personal experiences, good or bad. Model for children how to work through life's difficulties. Don't be afraid to share when you've made mistakes. We've all made them. What's important is how we dealt with those mistakes.

If you had to remake a friend, or even yourself, would you change anything? If so, what? Why?


Come back on Wednesday for some fun adventure ideas to do along with Artur and Max. On Friday, we'll be heading to the Author's Arena to meet the author and illustrator of Art and Max. You'll be amazed to learn how long he takes to create one of his books.

Happy Reading!
Queen Jackie

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