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Niko Draws a Feeling

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  1,100 ratings  ·  219 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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Prabhjot Kaur
Jan 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Can you draw a feeling? Well, Niko can. Niko always carries his colored pencils and paper book just so he can draw what he gets inspired by but no one understands his art. One day, a girl moves into the neighborhood and she asks to see his drawings. When Niko shows her the drawings, she actually understands them and they become friends.

This isn't exactly a picture book but it is a celebration of kids' art, the way kids draw things in the way they understand them and I found that to be heart-war
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.
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well, I like, and 'get,' quite a bit of abstract art, but I wouldn't immediately be able to match exactly what Niko feels with each drawing he makes, as Iris does.

I also am surprised that nobody else Niko knows understands abstract art at all... again, even if they don't quite see that this drawing is the warmth of the sun and this is the bird's hard work, they should get the idea as well as I do. That is to say, I don't find the naivety of everyone plausible.

Otoh, maybe the point is that eleme
Shiva Subbiaah kumar
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short
Niko draws what he feels.
"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
He doesn't draw Sun or him when he felt the warmth but he draws 'warm' the sun gives.
People around Niko don't understand his artistic process which makes him feel sad and lonely.
It shows how one feels when his ideas don't get conveyed and not able to express which happens often to people who are in the creative field.
Then arrives a little girl who actuall
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 maybe
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, children
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: kids-storybooks, arc
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 inspire children to perce
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)
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, kids
I occasionally read kids books and among those that I have read in recent years, this one is one of the best. For a kids book, it's quite deep. The illustrations are beautiful. Niko is a sweet little boy who carries color pens and paper with him all the time and draws about whatever inspires him. He doesn't draw about what he sees but draws about what he feels about what he sees. This is something the adults in his life don't understand and he feels sad and lonely about not being understood. A l ...more
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: september-2020
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.

REALLY good st
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
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.
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 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.
Macey Giberson
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was about a boy named Niko who loved to draw, he carried around a thing of paper and pencil where ever he went so that he could draw in the moment. His drawings were always a representation of the feelings and sensations he felt within while seeing, hearing, or experiencing an event. However, when he went to go show off his drawings nobody understood them. You could tell that there was a shift in the Niko's character after multiple people said that they didn't understand his picture. This w ...more
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
Hannah Gay
Oct 28, 2020 added it
Shelves: grief
I really enjoyed this book. This book describes how this kid named Niko is feeling and how he draws his feelings on a piece of paper and names the drawings. He shows people the drawings but no one understands what he's drawing so he gets upset. The drawings and illustrations of this book are amazing. The way the book is laid out and the use of the paper is what made me love this book. On almost each page the background of the page is the picture Niko drew. Very neat and very interesting, haven’t ...more
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is so delightful!
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 along his arms and fingers to his pen
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 shapeless scrib
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 give up
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 to town and
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
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