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Niko Draws a Feeling

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  679 ratings  ·  148 reviews
Niko loves to draw his world: the ring-a-ling of the ice cream truck, the warm of sun on his face. But no one appreciates his art. Until one day, Niko meets Iris . . .
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 1st 2017 by Carolrhoda Books (R) (first published 2017)
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La Coccinelle
Oct 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
I don't know if I've ever read a children's book singing the praises of abstract art. It was kind of neat, though, showing kids that art doesn't have to just be representations of things we see; it can also be about things we perceive with our other senses... or even about our feelings. Nobody in Niko's life seems to understand this, which leads to him feeling rather lonely and sad (which, of course, inspires more artwork). It isn't until a little girl moves in nearby that he finds someone who a ...more
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I loved the way this book captured the artistic process and what it feels like to have an idea you want to express, a feeling you want to capture. A beautiful book about art-making and finding a kindred spirit to share that art with.
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, netgalley
Niko loves to draw. He carries around his supplies until a feeling or an inspiration strikes him. When he draws a picture, it is not what he sees, it is what he feels or hears, the sensations he gets. When he shows his pictures to people, they do not understand his work, they assume it is what he sees and ask questions about the obvious. They can't see past what he didn't draw. Everytime someone takes a look at his pictures and doesn't see what he created, Niko becomes disappointed. He draws a p ...more
Jessica ☕ Rodrigues
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, kids-storybooks
Rather than copy the forms of what he sees, Niko draws representations of the feelings that seeing things elicits. He doesn't draw the sun; he draws the warmth of the sun on his face. He doesn't draw the ice cream truck; he draws the sound of the bells.

Most people do not understand Niko's drawings until he meets a little girl, Iris, who does. Niko can then make a new drawing -- the feeling of finding a new friend.

Niko Draws a Feeling is artistic and imaginative and will i
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
I FEEL YOUR FEEL NIKO, I REALLY DO. this is a fantastic story about how hard it is to have your vision misunderstood for so long, how wonderful it is to finally meet someone who gets you.
A sweet story that would pair well with the Noisy Paint Box or work with several themes in storytime. (Art, friendship, staying true to yourself)
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Art is life.

"It looks like how I feel." - Iris

"It's the warm of the sun on my face. ...It's not the sun. It's the warm. ...It's not my face. It's the warm." - Niko
Paul  Hankins
This is a new to me and to our room title. We have just about every other title Raczka has written, but I think we missed this 2017 release because it wasn't a poetry-based title. But after seeing the book land on my radar again this week, I had a sense that I just needed to see it (read "have it").

Niko draws pictures of the feeling associated with the subject he is considering. As a teacher active in social media, I can see this. The request to see more of a project that one is just getting th
Niko is an artist; he uses the tools of an artist to interpret and respond to his world, but his loved ones don't always understand his work. When Niko draws a picture he is most concerned about getting the feeling right, not necessarily recreating an image or a scene etc.

When a new little girl moves in next door, Niko is feeling pretty low about his artwork, but Niko is surprised to learn that the little girl not only likes his artwork, but understands the emotions behind it too.

Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-to-the-kids
In my 7 years on Goodreads, I have never bothered enter one of the hundreds of picture books I've read to my kids from the library. Not that I haven't read some really good books (and plenty of pretty bad ones), but we take out 10-12 books a week and adding them here would be tedious. But I'm making an exception for this one, because it was truly excellent. One of my criteria for 5 stars is that the book should change my perception of the world, and I think this book may have done that. I'm not ...more
Jillian Heise
Nico is an abstract thinker whose drawings are misunderstood by others. He feels lonely until a new girl moves in next door who is able to sense the feelings from his art, and can relate to him.
Pair with Ish, Jack's Worry, I Don't Draw I Color
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pict-books, want-it
Niko draws the sound of an ice cream truck, what the warmth of the sun feels like on his face, he draws and he draws, but no one quite understands what he is seeing, until he meets Iris. A fantastic little book on abstract art and friendship. What a nice surprise.
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've got a feeling,
A feeling deep inside, oh yeah...

This is a joyful picture book that celebrates all sorts of art--including drawing what you feel rather than what you see.
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book - it expressed so well the things of those who share feelings of things. Beautiful story.
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Niko loves to draw and creates beautiful abstract drawings but no one seems to understand what they mean. It's probably because he doesn't draw the types of things that most people draw. Instead of drawing the sunset he illustrates the warmth that he feels when it shines on his face.
Then one day his new neighbor, Iris notices that he likes to draw. She asks to see his drawings and he is hesitant but shows her anyways. To his surprise, she understands the emotions that he was trying to illustrat
Roxanne Troup
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Wonderful book that introduced children to art and the idea that art is not just what you see but what you feel.
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Niko loved to make pictures.
Everywhere he went, he carried a box
of coloured pencils and a pad of paper."

"Because everywhere he looked, he saw something that inspired him."

Niko is a little boy with a sixth sense when it comes to looking at his world. He looks at things around him and becomes inspired. When that happens (and it's often) it's like a window opens up in his brain and an idea flits through it like a butterfly. It flutters down to his stomach then a
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Niko loves to draw. He carries paper and colored pencils with him all the time because he is always finding new inspiration. But he doesn’t draw like other people. If he draws the ice cream truck, he’s actually trying to capture the sound of its bell. Instead of drawing the sun, he draws the feeling of it on his face. The image he makes of the robin building her nest is of the hard work, not the robin or the nest. No one seems to understand his pictures at all. But then he meets Iris, a new girl ...more
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Niko loves to draw the world around him. But the things he draws are not always what people expects. He becomes sad that people can't seem to see things the way he does, until he meets a friend who does. It is a beautiful story about the power of the imagination and the power of meeting someone who sees the world the way you do.

Niko Draws a Feeling spans a significant portion of the audience we are hoping to reflect in our selections. The longer text caters to older children, the sha
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Niko Draws A Feeling is wonderful book about a boy who is passionate about drawing and gets frustrated when the people in his life don’t understand his drawings.
Bob Raczka book is centered around Niko who loves to draw, he’s inspired by everything around him, but when he tries to share his creations, he ends up having to explain them to everyone. “So this is the nest?” “It’s not the nest. It’s her hard work.” Niko gets frustrated that he is often having to explain himself and begins to g
Kathryn Zebrowski-Wray
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Niko is a special boy who loves to draw.. unfortunately his work is often misunderstood because his drawings are of his feelings and thoughts rather than more concrete representations of things like the sun and ice cream trucks. When his new neighbor Iris arrives, Niko finally has a friend who understands him. I love this book and will introduce it to my third graders who will benefit from the message that it's ok to be different, being unique isn't a deficit, it's an asset.

Thank you to the pu
My youngest granddaughter in kindergarten chose this book, found on the shelf, said her teacher had read it to the class, then they "drew their feelings". What a great teacher! Niko has a unique way to draw, loves the doing, and hangs his pictures all over his room. But, his family, teacher, and friends don't quite understand. He seems sad about it but doesn't quit. And then, a lovely thing happens. . . This makes me wonder if Boy Rasczka has written a story about himself? He wrote the story an ...more
I received this arc from Netgalley for an honest review.

Niko loves to draw. He carries around his supplies until a feeling or an inspiration is discovered. When he draws a picture, people often can't see past what he didn't draw. Like when he drew the ring-a-ding-ding of the ice cream truck and his friends wanted to know where the ice cream truck was. Every time someone takes a look at his work and doesn't see what he created, Niko becomes disappointed. Then one day a new girl moves
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
The illustrations were great. It was kind of nice to have emotions that were not so easily described. I am sure everyone feels like that sometimes. The emotion isn't always a clear picture, but that doesn't mean they are inconsequential.

I am not sure what made me read the author bio in the back, but it made me laugh. "Bob...hopes his books help kids to appreciate creative people like Niko, while encouraging them to be creative themselves. Bob lives with his family in the Chicago area and enjoys
Jordan Blake
I feel like this book could not only be read to young children, but also to older art students being introduced to abstract expressionism. Nobody other than Iris even tried to understand Niko's drawings, so it is a reminder that we adults need to take children seriously and try to understand how they feel. There is a lot to be learned from a child's drawing and I think it is beautiful that Niko and Iris were able to use art as a way to express how they feel. I love that the art came out of his p ...more
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Niko Draws a Feeling is a unique spin on the topic of feelings for preschoolers. I feel like there are so many talking points and applications for this book with young children. It can encourage reluctant drawers to start scribbling, it can open the doors to observation about our days and especially about how we feel in the moment. Its a great book about being present and being aware of ourselves at some of the most simplest moments. Its also a book about friendship and finding someone who under ...more
Elaine Fultz
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nico draws how hard the bird WORKS to build the nest -- his art shows neither a bird nor a nest. He draws the SOUND of the ice cream truck -- picture includes no truck and no ice cream. Every art instructor K-12 and beyond must share this book with every student and colleague. This is the perfect example of how excellent, deceptively simple, children's literature can express a complex concept. With the bonus inclusion of the importance of the loneliness someone can feel when they are misundersto ...more
Stephanie Watson
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
A wonderful introduction to abstract art for kids. Niko draws his interpretation of the way things sound, feel, or act, rather than the objects themselves. No one around him gets it, until he finds a new friend, who also focuses on how his artwork feels instead of what it looks like. The artwork is done at a young child's level, so the audience can relate to Niko's abilities. Very naturally leads to some extension projects where kids can look around and draw how things in their world make them f ...more
Brandy Watkins
Niko loves drawing and he inspires the readers to come along with him and draw as well. I loved the way this book captured the artistic process and what it feels like to have an idea you want to express. It helps give the reader a feeling to capture and draw. It is a nice book about art-making and finding a kindred spirit to share that art with. It reminds me of some of the elements of lines that we went over in class.
Miss 3 (ASD) loves picture books like this. She hates colouring in and being constrained by other people's lives; she doesn't try to draw proto-forms of houses, trees, or people. She loves expressing herself through colour, soft lines, circly lines, jagged lines, and capturing the feeling of the sun shining on her, or a circus, or the stars and planets. This was the perfect book to show her that she's not the only one and that a modern art / expressionist style is perfectly okay.
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