Art & Max by David Wiesner

Art & Max Reviewed by:  Lisa

Title:  Art & Max

Author:  David Wiesner

Collection:  Children’s Books

Max wants to be an artist like Arthur, but his first attempt at using a paintbrush sends the two friends on a whirlwind trip through various media, with unexpected consequences.  Arthur knows how to paint.  He’s ready to share his wisdom with Max, who has a lot to learn but can’t wait to dive right in.  Their story begins here.  Is it about creating a work of art?  Or about an uproarious eye-opening adventure?  Or both?

As a fan of David Wiesner’s books, particularly Tuesday, I was particularly pleased with the theme of this book, where mistakes and goof-ups instead become cause for celebration of creativity and perseverance.  As always for Wiesner, the story is well told through the illustrations and a minimum of text.  The personality of the characters of Max and Art come across the page magnificently.  Fans of Johnny Depp’s Rango will probably enjoy this book, particularly boys who cannot get enough of fun lizard characters.

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