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Magic Trash: A Story of Tyree Guyton and His Art

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Vacant lots. Abandoned houses. Trash--lots of trash. Heidelberg Street was in trouble!

Tyree Guyton loved his childhood home--that's where his grandpa Sam taught him to "paint the world." So he wanted to wake people up... to make them see Detroit's crumbling communities.

Paintbrush in hand, Tyree cast his artistic spell, transforming everyday junk into magic trash. Soon loca
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Charlesbridge (first published July 1st 2011)
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Tyree grew up in a poor Detroit neighborhood, messing around with trash, creating his own toys and fun. His Grandpa Sam, a house painter, taught him to use paint for fun, and Tyree didn't stop even when he grew up. When he returned from the service, he found the neighborhood even more rundown, so began what is called the Heidelberg Project, cleaning up and using trash to make things beautiful again. He is known, has spoken throughout the world about the project, even when the city tried to ...more
Dec 02, 2016 Pam rated it it was ok
First off, I love art made of castoff junk! It is a wonderful way to reuse, and it provides raw materials for many creative minds. But while this book has many good attributes, at the end I failed to understand Tyree Guyton's art! I wondered what I missed and returned to the text yet again, but I could only find a house painted with polka dots, a group of vacuum cleaners, and paintings of faces. This is a common problem with children's books on artists where they do not gain permission to show ...more
Traci Bold
Nov 02, 2016 Traci Bold rated it it was amazing
Until I read this biography written by Jane Shapiro and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, I did know this magical, vibrant and creative man existed in this world.

Tyree Guyton took trash and turned it into art throughout his neighborhood and into the world around him. He was magical and inspired by his ultra magical and artistic Grandfatther. Together, they took ugly and made it beautiful being the true first upcyclers.

A #mustread. The illustrations take on a story of their own going beyon
Gayle Swift
Sep 30, 2016 Gayle Swift rated it it was amazing
tells the story of an artist raised in poverty in urban Detroit. Traditional art supplies cost too much, so he cast his eye on found objects which he repainted and reconfigured into “art.” Encouraged by his grandfather, a house painter, he followed his dream to become a painter–of art.

After the 1967 riots, Tyree’s family moved away from Heidelberg Street but Tyree never forgot his roots. After he graduated from art school, he returned to his roots only to find destruction, violence and devastati
Aug 23, 2011 Tasha rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is the life story of Tyree Guyton. Tyree grew up in Detroit in a large family. He was always picking up stray objects and creating things with them. At age nine, Tyree decided he wanted to be an artist. But as the years passed, he worked many jobs, none of them artistic. When he returned back home, his street has changed from a bustling neighborhood into a stretch of dilapidated houses. So Tyree went to work, painting everything he could find. Houses got polka dots, bright colors were ...more
Syndi Flores
Dec 06, 2014 Syndi Flores rated it it was amazing
This story is about trash and what a man did with this trash. As a young child, Tyree Guyton sold pieces of things he would find in hopes of gaining money to help out his mother. His grandfather introduce him to painting and that is how Tyree began his artwork. Eventually he left his home to purse other things like go to the army, inspect cars, be a firefighter but he still remember his love for painting. When he goes back to the place he grew up, he sees that everything has changed. Read the ...more
Jul 13, 2011 Barbara rated it really liked it
Shelves: ncbla
When Tyree Guyton was growing up, his Detroit neighborhood provided a place for him to "paint the world," as his grandfather told him to do. With a paint brush in his hand, Tyree overcame his shyness and dreamed of being an artist one day. After traveling and working in other places, he returned home to find his neighborhood blighted. He used his vivid colors and imagination to turn abandoned houses into vibrant, dotted buildings too bright for drug dealers to go near. Where others saw garbage, ...more
Feb 10, 2015 Beth rated it really liked it
In the heart of a decrepit neighborhood in Detroit, Tyree Guyton started what has now been called The Heidelberg Project out of frustration for the riff raff that had moved into his neighborhood. Painting a crack house with bright-colored polka dots kept the criminals at bay and started an art movement that would divide residents of the city and of Heidelberg Street. Some people saw it as trash, others art. Twenty-five years later, the Heidelberg Project is still going strong, and is its own ...more
Jessica Steele
Oct 23, 2013 Jessica Steele rated it really liked it
Magic Trash is a nonfiction delight that shows how an ordinary child from a poverty and crime ridden community overcame the odds to make his dreams turn into reality. The visuals of this book compliment the storyline well as pieces of newspaper are mixed into the art of the pages. The illustrations, just as the art, are outside of the box, bright, engaging, and inspiring. The text has a rhyming cadence with each paragraph as the reader imparts on the journey of Tyree Guyton over his lifetime. ...more
Kate Hastings
Grades 2-6. Tyree grew up on a street near Detroit, MI. He would dig through litter and trash and build contraptions, which he would paint, etc. As he grew older he tried his hands at different professions but always loved art. When he went back home to find his street crime-ridden and deteriorating-- he decided to battle it with street art. Twice houses were leveled because some neightbors considered his art "trash", but eventually the neighborhood fought to have his work recognized as art. ...more
Another example of hood-culture with a Detroit twist. Children can read about the amazing minds and community spirit alive in neighborhoods within the United States. This book is a biography of the life of Tyree Guyton and explains his journey into adulthood that manifests into the Heidelberg Project.

Growing up in a downtrodden Detroit neighborhood, Tyree Guyton saw artistic beauty in the trash that blew down his street. Painting abandoned buildings and creating found art displays from trash, Guyton changed his neighborhood and his life. The Heidelberg Project, Guyton's neighborhood, attracts artists from all over the world and stands as a testament to the power of art to transform and uplift us all.
I used this book for a Black History Month program in February and it went great!

It's a good book to use with a mixed-age group, because the younger kids get it on one level, and there's enough information to provide a jumping-off point for older kids. There are a couple of moments where the prose is a little clunky, but overall it's smooth, and Vanessa Brantley-Newton's illustrations are charming and give a real flavor of Guyton's work and life.
Feb 29, 2016 Monique rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-book
This is the story of Tyree Guyton and his community art in Detroit. Guyton found his calling as an artist after his grandpa believed he could change the world with a bit of paint. Now Guyton is an internationally acclaimed artist and renowned speaker on the importance of art and how it can change a community. Beautifully illustrated and well written.
Dec 27, 2011 Marianna rated it it was amazing
Tyree Guyton works to save his blighted Detroit neighborhood by making art from trash. An inspiring story about following your dreams. The illustrations work perfectly with the story. A picture book for older kids!
Jun 04, 2015 Andrew rated it really liked it
Shelves: art, library
Neat kids' book about the Heidelberg project in Detroit. After reading this Leo decided he wanted to be a junk sculptor.
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Dec 27, 2011 Mary Lee rated it really liked it
This book is so much better than the Yamaguchi book (Dream Big Little Pig) about holding fast to your dreams.
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