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Art & Max

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  6,647 ratings  ·  568 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. Although Max is inexperienced, he’s courageous—and a quick learner. His energy and enthusiasm bring ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 4th 2010 by Clarion Books
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Sep 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars!
Holly Hardwick
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ian
So weird
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very entertaining story full of metafictive humor, which celebrates art and introduces different artistic media and styles. Love love love the detailed, dynamic, colorful illustrations:

Cris Ingram
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
The pictures were colorful and realistic as usual for David Wiesner, but the story of the two lizards and their wacky paint day just didn't grab me, kids would like it because they are messy and no imagination is needed.
Sep 19, 2010 rated it did not like it
This book is about a young lizard learning how to paint. I would not use this book in my classroom, the story plot was dull, redundant and pointless. I don’t feel my students can gain anything from this book other then practicing reading. I do not recommend this book.
Rachel Hoeck
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Art & Max by David Wiesner is a story about two lizards painting. Arthur knows how to paint and Max wants Arthur to teach him how to paint. Arthur eventually agrees to teach Max as long as Max stays out of the way. However, accidently, Max does quite the opposite. Upon painting he strips Arthur of his texture, color, and his structure. Eventually, Art is a pile of lines. Will Art be able to put Max back together?

The main characters in the story are Arthur and Max. Both characters are round b
Rachel Kinney
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kidlit
I chose this book for one of the illustrator project books. This story is about two friends who are painting, one is a really good artist (Art) and one just a beginner (Max). Max got confused and painted Art's entire body and then tried to undo it by blowing a fan on him and then had tried washing it away and then Art became see through. Then Max unraveled Art by pulling on a piece of his tail and then tried putting him back together again. This story is adorable and hilarious and I think it wou ...more
Sep 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: picture-books
I didn't really like this book. I found the dialogue between the two characters quite hard to follow and whilst the illustrations were colourful, I felt there was too much going on on each page.

This book would be for children aged 4-5 I think.
Nancy Kotkin
Story: 4 stars
Illustrations: 5 stars

Very imaginative concept. Makes you wonder. What is art? What is real? Invites re-readings.

Illustrations are spectacular. If I could give the art more than 5 stars, I would.
Lisa Mckay
Oct 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I always approach a new Wiesner book with huge expectations. I mean, this is the three-time Caldecott medalist! I guarantee this will not disappoint, no matter how high your expectations are.

Arthur is quite a painter. He does portraits of lizards as they pose for him. Max wants to learn and Arthur is willing to teach him. The first step is Max figuring out what to paint. Arthur grandly suggests that Max could paint him. So Max does exactly that, with deep blue and bright yellow, he paints Arthur
Todd Burleson
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
Oct 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Art & Max have many literary elements embedded in the text as well as in the illustrations. First of all lets talk about point of view, the whole story is 3rd person limited, because we know all the characters, but not what all of them are thinking and feeling except for the information we can pull out of the illustrations. The setting of Art & Max is in the Arizona desert, we know this because Arizona is really the only place with saguaro cacti, and it is most definitely a desert settin ...more
Feb 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 Vegan
I love David Wiesner's books and I felt as though I waited forever for this one to be ready for me at the library.

I’ve loved a few of Wiesner’s wordless picture books; they’re brilliant.

This one I found very disappointing, much to my surprise. I didn’t like the cover illustration but I thought that it would get better, but for me it really didn’t.

I didn’t enjoy the art and, even though this book has words as well as illustrations, it is a picture book; in order to like it I have to better apprec
Dec 05, 2012 added it
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
Stacy Renee  (LazyDayLit)
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Gianna Petrillo
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
1. 1st-3rd grade
2. This book is about two friends Arthur and Max. Max is a lizard and tries to copy Arthur and his painting. Max ends up making Arthur the painting and changing him to different colors, outlines and paintings.
3. I think students would like reading this book because it is a cute story and takes something that is impossible but makes it realistic. It also has great and funny dialogue between friends and the illustrations are very good.
4. I would only use this book for independent
Destinee Sutton
Nov 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
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!
Oct 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
A book my 5 yr old as well as my twin 3 yr olds loved. A solid reading level 1 book, this cute story keeps all ages engaged with the bright colorful pictures and cute story. Beautiful illustrations! A great addition to any children's library.
Oct 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.
Nov 20, 2010 rated it did not like it
Read in the bookstore, thankfully. I would have been even more disappointed had I bought it. The story was nothing new, the art was not the sort of thing I dig, and the lizards were just annoying. I see that I'm in the minority of reviewers, but this book didn't work for me at all.
Jan 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to June by: Cap Choices
Shelves: art, picture-book
One of my top 2 favorite picture books of 2010. (I'm still have a few I'm trying to get my hands on.) Wiesner out did himself. Ingenious.
Jul 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s
Gorgeous illustrations (of course) but the text and story were clunky and almost read like captions to his illustrations. I get why so many of his books are wordless!
Sep 17, 2010 rated it liked it
The illustrations are beautiful and the book is very creative, and the characters are fun, but it crossed the weirdness line for me. I also found it a bit hard to follow in spots.
Alexis Lattin
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
1. No awards
2. PreK-2nd Grade
3. Max is inspired by Arthur’s artist skills, so he wants to learn from Arthur himself. Max literally paints Arthur with many colors and they find themselves making art out of Arthur. Arthur isn’t very thrilled with Max in the beginning but then he becomes interested in the adventure.
4. This is a very different yet interesting book with great illustrations. It could be inspiring to students to do something different and unique with their work. The book is very humoro
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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.

As a child growing up in suburban New Jersey, Wiesner re-cre