You can predict the story from the title, but there's still a big bright smile at the end. Jim's insensitive kindergarten art teacher criticizes and corrects his pictures, so that in first grade he's ashamed to make or show any. But the first grade art teacher praises everyone and encourages Jim; and when he shamefacedly finishes his picture, even the other children admire the pretty colors in his circular composition. It's a pizza, Jim explains, with blobs of yellow cheese and squiggles of green pepper inside the wide red outline. This is not the stuff that sets creative sparks flying, but it's a well-placed pat on the shoulder, and Hoban's happy colors invite emulation.