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by Patrick McDonnell & illustrated by Patrick McDonnell

Pub Date: April 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-316-11491-X
Publisher: Little, Brown

Art’s art moves and explodes. There are splatters, squiggles and curls, zigs, zags and doodles and loads of color. After all that energetic creativity, Art “flops in a heap / and among his creations / he falls fast asleep.” When he awakens, his drawings are on the refrigerator, placed there by his mother because she loves Art. McDonnell’s minimalist rhyming text flies across the pages in large bold block letters. Even the youngest reader can discern the basic pun, and more sophisticated readers will enjoy finding deeper variations. It is both a slight tale of a creative child and a glimpse into the nature of art. The primary color illustrations are exuberant and joyful and seamlessly match the text. Art runs from page to page with paintbrush or colored pencil, drawing as he goes, paying direct homage to Harold and the Purple Crayon. Harold now has a perfect companion in Art. Sheer delight. (Picture book. All ages)