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by Patrick McDonnell
Order:  USA  Can
Little, Brown & Co., 2006 (2006)
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Art 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.

It'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.'

As 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 Art - what it is, how inspiring and inspired it can be, and what it's like to be inside the artist.

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