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ART DOG by Thacher Hurd


by Thacher Hurd & illustrated by Thacher Hurd

Pub Date: Feb. 29th, 1996
ISBN: 0-06-024424-0
Publisher: HarperCollins

The adventures of Arthur Dog—mild-mannered guard at the Dogopolis Museum of Art by day, mural-painting superhero by night- -who is mistakenly apprehended when the Mona Woofa is stolen from the museum; he paints his way out of prison and succeeds in catching the crooks in his improvised Brushmobile. The grateful museum director offers Art Dog a one-man show, during which the artist unveils his masterpiece: He paints the sky into a ``Starry Night'' look-alike. In addition to its comic-book birthright, this tale recalls Crockett Johnson's Harold and the Purple Crayon (1958) and Jon Agee's The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau (1988) while paying homage to several of art's masters: The paintings in the museum are fully recognizable to readers, with dogs substituted for people; among them the artists are Vincent Van Dog and Henri Muttisse. Hurd (Tomato Soup, 1992, etc.) employs a disarming, deliberately slapdash style, blazing a trail of scrawled charm across the streets and skies of Gotham; Art Dog is a superhero for all times. (Picture book. 4-8)