The Picture of Morty & Ray
A classic horror movie on TV inspires Morty and Ray to paint a picture of themselves for all the wrong reasons. You may be tempted to cry out, "Stop!" But the boys are having too much fun to listen.Bubbling with questions of pickle juice and Art, Daniel Pinkwater's riotous tale tells of nice boys heading for trouble and friendship put to the test. Visual virtuoso Jack E. D...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 1st 2003 by HarperCollins Publishers
(first published 2003)
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I thought this was super cute because of it's play on the Picture of Dorian Grey. I never made it through that book, but I still thought this was cute because of it. Morty and Ray see a movie about a handsome man who has a picture of himself painted. He's mean, and as he is mean the picture gets uglier and uglier. Morty and Ray paint a picture of themselves and then do mean things (like sticking their butts out of the window of the school bus!!!) to see if their picture will get uglier too.
The story follows closely to that of The Picture of Dorian Grey, so two boys act horribly to make their pictures turn horrible. They are mean to their friends and at the end they don't make it right, or apologize. (Though, hey do give their friend the pictures because he think they're cool, somehow that makes up for it). I didn't like it because (to me) the story gave no consequence to their bad actions.
So, let me get this straight-draw a picture of yourself, then do bad things to other people to see if your picture changes, then laugh about it and give the picture to your friend who thinks that it is neat. "No sorry about that" or "Hmm, might have to fix what I broke". Not exactly the example of personal responsibilty that I want to teach to my kids. Ugh!!
Daniel Manus Pinkwater is an author of mostly children's books and is an occasional commentator on National Public Radio. He attended Bard College. Well-known books include Lizard Music, The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death, Fat Men from Space, Borgel, and the picture book The Big Orange Splot. Pinkwater has also illustrated many of his books in the past, although for more recent works that...moreMore about Daniel Pinkwater...