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Art and Max

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,760 Ratings  ·  484 Reviews
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.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 7th 2011 by Andersen (first published October 4th 2010)
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Betsy
Sep 28, 2010 Betsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Illustrators of children’s books are easier to deal with if you can lump them into little boxes. Multicultural family stories that tug at the heartstrings? That’s the Patricia Polacco box. Cute kids in period clothes frolicking with goats? Yup, that’s Tasha Tudor. So my problem with David Wiesner is that he throws my entire system off. Though his style is recognizable in each and every one of his books (Freefall, Sector 7, etc.) his storylines zigzag around the globe. One minute he has a book ab ...more
Holly Hardwick
I absolutely loved reading Art & Max by David Wiesner because of the beautiful and colorful illustrations throughout the story. The plot is simple enough: two lizard friends, Arthur and Max, are standing in their desert habitat and trying to paint. Arthur is annoyed with Max because Max doesn't seem to be a "real" painter like he is. Max is just excited to be given the opportunity to paint with his friend "Art." When Max tries to paint Arthur, however, comedy ensues.
I feel that students wou
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Stacy Renee
Jan 28, 2016 Stacy Renee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are many different kinds of artists. Arthur (Art for short) is a professional artist who includes a lot of detail in his paintings. Max on the other hand isn't exactly sure what to paint, or how. Even though Max is trying to prove to Art that he can paint too, he finds himself needing to ask Art what he should paint. Art replies, "You can paint me!" So he does and something terrifying and amazing happens to Art! As Max works on 'painting Art', Arthur learns that all art is different and th ...more
Todd Burleson
Nov 08, 2012 Todd Burleson rated it it was ok
This review is one of my additional picture books for RLS 520

Art & Max written and illustrated by David Wiesner

This book is also a Monarch Award Nominee for 2013. I’m going to come right out and say it about this book: I don’t really like it. Now, let me explain why. The idea is quite simple and one that kids will love. Two friends Art(hur) and Max (both lizards) are standing in front of a canvas. Max insists that he can paint, just as well as Arthur, much to Arthur’s chagrin. The story goes
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Wiesner, David. (2010). Art & Max. Illustrated by the author. Boston: Houghton Mifflin/Clarion. 32 pp. ISBN 978-0-618-75663-6. (Hardcover) $17.99.

David Wiesner’s picture books are treasures! I teach first grade, but I have always dreamed of working with high school students using Flotsam. I would love to have high school students write two polar opposite texts about what is happening in this book. Art & Max is another book in which older students will find much to appreciate, especially
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L12_sarah
Art & Max is another wonderful picture book from David Wiesner. Max is a fumbling little lizard who sees his friend Arthur painting and wants to paint, too. When he asks Arthur what he should paint, Arthur suggests that Max paint him, as in paint his portrait. But, Max misinterprets and starts painting on Art, making Art into art! Arthur gets so angry at Max's antics that his outer shell explodes, revealing that his very skin has been dyed the colors of Max's paint! Max's attempts to "righ ...more
Lisa Mckay
Oct 14, 2012 Lisa Mckay rated it it was amazing
Art and Max are two best friend iguanas that have one thing in common: They love to paint! Now, the only difference is that Art is an excellent painter who takes life very seriously, and Max is a small less serious painter who always seems to get in Art's way.

As the story begins, Art had been working on his most recent piece when Max barged in his way asking what he should paint. Art seemly already bothered by his presence, quickly suggest "paint ME" without remembering how literal his friend w
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Elizabeth Sousa
Art and Max tells the story of two “friends,” and I use that term loosely, who are both interested in painting. Art, who would much prefer that you call him Arthur, has established himself as a painter. Max admires Art’s work and wants to paint, too. The ensuing experience is filled with color, humor, and fun.

What first caught my eye when picking up the library edition of this text was the dust jacket illustration. I noticed, underneath the author’s name, that the title featured two different fo
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Chelsea
Oct 07, 2012 Chelsea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Art and Max is a sweet and entertaining tale of two artists: one who is rather good and one that has alot of learning to do. As the story unfolds, Max comes upon Art completing a painting of another lizard. Max gets very excited at what he sees and decides that he really wants to paint his own picture. Art gets a little annoyed with Max, but lets him paint anyway. Max, however is unsure what his painting should be of, so he asks Art for advice. Art suggests that Max paint a picture of Art, excep ...more
Olivia
Jun 18, 2016 Olivia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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While the text is minimal, the story is surrealist. It's a very creative tale with strong enough illustrations to support it. What you think will be the story of two different friends, ends up being a lot more complex.
Mandie Hill
Apr 25, 2016 Mandie Hill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book
I think this book does a great job and showing others to remain optimistic and stay positive when you are trying something out for the first time. This could be in sports, learning a new instrument, or learning a new language for example. This shows young readers that it is okay to not be good at something right away but having a positive attitude about it will make the process so much better. Since this book talks about painting, a lesson that a teacher could include with this book would be to ...more
Meredith
Oct 25, 2015 Meredith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a delight! And not just because my son's name is Arthur. Two friends, one magically fantastic goof up and beautiful, fantastical drawings make this book a lovely read aloud or read for youngsters.
Kaethe
Wiesner does the most amazing things with the picture book format. I'm dazzled by his virtuosity in so many styles. I'm awed by the humor he manages to imbue every picture with. If you haven't checked out any of his work, it's probably because you're an adult who doesn't read picture books, because they're for kids. Pish, tosh. There is a narrative here, but like the best cartoons, it's going to sail right over the heads of children. Go, get a stack of his books and just wallow in the artistry. ...more
Gerardo Mendoza-Tovar
May 03, 2015 Gerardo Mendoza-Tovar rated it really liked it
The story is about a couple of chameleons/lizards named Arthur and Max whole love to paint. In the story Max ends up painting on Arthur. Arthur becomes very frustrating because the paint won’t come off. Arthur takes off all of the paint by drinking water, but he ends up being invisible. Then Max constructs Arthur back to his body and paints his body back with a nice mixture of different colors that Arthur likes.
The book was very colorful and creative! I think the story line wasn't the best, but
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Paola Galindo
Mar 29, 2015 Paola Galindo rated it really liked it
“Art and Max” is the story of what happens when Max, an eager young lizard meddles with Arthur, or Art as Max calls him. Arthur is trying to paint when Max enters and bothers him about painting as well. While Arthur makes it obvious he does not really want Max to bother him, he suggests that Max paints a picture of him. However, things go wrong when Max accidentally gets rid of the color on Arthur. To fix this, Max tries throwing paint on him but that doesn’t work. So then he tries to get rid of ...more
Hannah Julsrud
Feb 14, 2015 Hannah Julsrud rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the story of Art & Max by David Weisner, Max decides to join Arthur in his afternoon painting. When Arthur tells Max to paint him, he takes it literally and covers his friend in all sorts of paint. Very irritated, Arthur insists that Max wash the paint off immediately, but it isn't as easy as it seems. After trying to blow it off, Max washes the paint off, leaving only the outline of Arthur! When Art tries to run away, Max only makes it worse by completely unweaving his shape, making him ...more
RemiGuinto
Feb 03, 2015 RemiGuinto rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Art and Max is a nearly wordless picture book that illustrated different kinds of art media through a tale of two friends, Arthur and Max. Arthur, or Art, is Max's best friend that is very artistic and shows a lot of expertise in what he's doing. Max on the other hand is a rambunctious beginner who learns through trial and error and hands-on experience that are just as creative. Through a series of mishaps, Max accidentally drains all the color from Arthur's form and even reduces him into a tang ...more
Philip Carlson
This creative tale takes the reader on the painting adventure of two friends, Max (a lizard) and Arthur (a dragon?). Although a little difficult to discern at times, Arthur is a good artist (or so he thinks) and he views Max as a bit if a nuisance, despite Max's eagerness to impress his large friend with his not-so-good painting abilities. When Max accidentally paints Arthur and changes his color, Arthur is not happy. Max tries to fix his mistake, but he keeps making things worse. In fact, they ...more
Chance Murray
Book Review: Art and Max
“Art and Max”, by David Wiesner is a great story that describes the elements of friendship and how it is very significant. The story is about a lizard named Art, who is an advanced artist or painter, and his fellow lizard friend Max who is trying to learn how to paint. So Art gives Max the task of painting himself, Art takes it the totally wrong way. Max ends up painting Art with acrylics, and Art is very upset with Max’s performance. Although Max has some things to work
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Tiffany
May 01, 2014 Tiffany rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
David Wiesner's illustrations are gorgeous. The book makes me feel out of this world beautiful. The image of all the colors splitting out of Art after Max "paints" him just stays imbedded in my mind. The story is about how Max (frog) also wants to create art like Art (or Arthur; dinosaur). The theme is not to underestimate anyone's ability, just as Max proved his own brilliance. David Wiesner's drawings were detail oriented and splashing with colors. Through his drawings, he demonstrates how Max ...more
Meghan Collins
This week's theme in my preschool class is art, so I've decided to read 2 art books for the last book review in the fiction picture book category.

This book helps children discover art in a different way other than drawing and coloring. Max is a small lizard in a painting class and comes to a disagreement with his teacher, Arthur, when he paints him instead of painting a picture of Art. Art gets mad, shakes off all of his scales, and disappears and Max is left to recreate him. This book shows st
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Bonnieyayaleyyy
Feb 08, 2014 Bonnieyayaleyyy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Art, a horned lizard with an artist’s temperament, is doing a bit of portraiture in his desert environment when along bounces happy-go-lucky Max. Max wants to paint just like Art, and the grumpy elder agrees grudgingly, informing the little guy, “Just don’t get in the way.” When Max asks what he should paint, Art suggests himself. Unfortunately for him, Max takes this advice a little too literally and Max finds himself covered in oils, turned into pastels, and eventually nothing more than a mere ...more
Aleeya Neal
An artistic lizard named Art encounters a younger lizard named Max while painting. Max wishes he could paint too and when Art suggests that Max could paint him, Max agrees but ends up literally painting Art! While trying to get back to normal without the paint all over him, Art suddenly becomes see-through and then begins to unravel as if he were made of string. Max then has to become heroic and recreate Art with his “string” and ends up blasting him with paint colors so that he comes back to li ...more
Brieanna Olsen
Art and Max are friends who love painting. Art is a better painter because he is more experienced, as Max is just a beginner. When Max first uses a paintbrush, it sends the two of them on an adventure of experiencing different types of artistic media. Max quickly learns the techniques and fun of painting, as his excitement brought them on an adventure that teaches the importance of new beginners in activities worth exploring.
I love that this book shows that you can begin anything when you put y
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Shannon Cash
Everyone has that friend that wants to join in on your fun. To Arthur, this is Max. Max wants to learn how to paint just like Art can. Yet, this is Art’s own talent and he does not really want to share it with Max; because of this Arthur will not teach Max how to paint. That is until Max does not know what to paint and start actually painting Art. Accidents happen and Art completely changes into something other than his normal paint loving lizard. On this adventure of getting Arthur back to his ...more
Sarah Foote
Art & Max: The illustrations and text symbolically remind me of the two characters in the book. The illustrations tell a story and are unique, however the text elaborates and provides more of the story. Like the characters Art is a great painter, then Max comes along, and brings a different side of painting to Art’s attention, giving Art more artistic range just as the text gives more to the illustrations. The energy Max has is portrayed in the illustrations he is running, on the go. The ill ...more
Sandra Ayala
Another book I choose to read was Max and Arthur by David Wiesner. This picture book is about two lizards who are friends and who both enjoy painting however when Max tries to paint for the first time he causes Arthur to eventually disappear. The book takes you on the crazy adventure full of color and artistic media to get Arthur back to reality. I love this book because of the beautiful and colorful illustrations. It is a great comical book for children to skim through. The book has little to n ...more
Nani Yanagi
Apr 19, 2014 Nani Yanagi rated it really liked it
Shelves: art
Art & Max is about two lizards, Arthur and Max, and their passion for creating art. Arthur is a very talented painter, and Max wanted to also show Arthur that he could paint too. Arthur said he can paint him, not knowing that Max would literally paint him with a bunch of colors. They tried everything they could to get the paint off, but all of a sudden Arthur didn’t feel too well. Max kept giving him water to drink which made all the colors washed away leaving only an outline of Arthur's bod ...more
Destinee Sutton
Nov 10, 2010 Destinee Sutton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books, art
Fantastic art is a given with David Wiesner. So is the trippy ordinary-becomes-extraordinary thing. The only thing that holds me back from really loving Wiesner's books is that they can seem a little too serious, like they're art objects more than lovable stories. What I like about this particular David Wiesner book is the quirky sense of humor. Wiesner having fun! Yay!
Kevin Taylor
Apr 30, 2014 Kevin Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book is absolutely fantastic! The colours and illustrations are lively and exciting. David Wiesner never ceases to impress.
Art & Max is the story of two lizard friends, Arthur, who is an experienced painter and artist and Max who is just learning to become an artist. The story explores Max’s first experience painting and experimenting with different colors as takes the reader on a color-filled adventure. The story really goes through the artistic media in which the book is illustrated i
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During David Wiesner's formative years, the last images he saw before closing his eyes at night were the books, rockets, elephant heads, clocks, and magnifying glasses that decorated the wallpaper of his room. Perhaps it was this decor which awakened his creativity and gave it the dreamlike, imaginative quality so often found in his work.

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