Little, Brown & Co., 2006 (2006)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
rt is a boy who draws art. '
Can you tell them apart?
' asks Patrick McDonnell, painting a double page spread of Art in the midst of his exuberant creation. He then warns, '
When Art is in play / Get out of Art's way
' showing Art's inspired brushwork moving through subsequent pages.
t's creative and inspiring and full of energy, as '
Art draws and draws / Till he flops in a heap / And among his creations / He falls fast asleep.
' Then the author reminds us that '
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
' and shows us the gorgeous result of Art's frenetic efforts. It goes on the refrigerator of course - '
Put there by Mother / 'Cause Mother loves Art.
s he did in his superb picture book,
The Gift of Nothing
, Patrick McDonnell once again gets to the essence of his subject, in this case
- what it is, how inspiring and inspired it can be, and what it's like to be inside the artist.
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