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Art & Max by David Wiesner
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Sep 17, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: picture-book
Read in September, 2010

An enthusiastic lizard named Max seeks the advice of an artistic lizard named Arthur (whom Max calls "Art") in the hopes of becoming an artist himself. Although at first all is well, Arthur soon finds himself overwhelmed by his quixotic student. The story serves as an allegory for the creative process while serving up a visual tour de force through different illustrative media.

As with Wiesner's other books, narrative is secondary to the illustrations. There is not a plot per se and what plot there is primarily exists as a framework for (very clever) sight gags. The book would be a good starting place for helping children think about the purpose of art, in light of Max and Art's divergent perspectives.

Given the virtuosity of the illustrations, this title is a very strong contender for the 2010 Caldecott medal. Still, Caldecott or not, Wiesner's reputation and appeal assure that this will be a popular title. Public librarians are recommended to purchase this title for their collections.

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