Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Art & Max by David Wiesner

Wiesner’s latest picture book takes readers on an eye popping journey through the art world.  Art & Max is the story of two artists: Art, a serious lizard who is painstakingly working on portrait and Max, a carefree, spur of the moment artist who has just picked up a paint brush and is ready to go. With eye-popping illustrations, three-time Caldecott medalist David Wiesner takes creates a stunning journey through the art world.  The story magically romps through the world of art as acrylic paints, watercolor, and line drawing are all explored with wonderful whimsy.   Art students will recognize the nod to Jackson Pollack, one of my favorite artists.  Minimal text accompanies the brilliant illustrations, allowing readers to concentrate on the illustrations.  This is a beautiful book - a must have for any art lover  – young or old.  Could this book earn Wiesner a fourth Caldecott?
Recommended for ages:  4 and up (Adults – you’ll like this one, too!)

Mrs. Archer’s rating: 5 of 5
For more information on David Wiesner and his creative process check out his website http://www.hmhbooks.com/wiesner/index.html

Trivia: Only one other illustrator has won the Caldecott three times? Do you know that illustrator’s name?


  1. Marcia Brown is a 3-time winner, I think. And if you included honor books, Chris Van Allsburg has 3.

  2. You are right! I had somehow forgotten about Marcia Brown winning it three times. I'd love for Wiesner to win again, though there is a book Chalk - that is amazing as well. I'm waiting for a copy from the library and then I'll blog about it.

    Mrs. Archer