Wiesner, D. (2010). Art & Max. Boston: Clarion Books. ISBN: 9780618756636
Annotation: Art is an experienced painter, and Max decides he’s can paint too! Unfortunately, his enthusiasm outweighs his skill, and he makes a huge mess. Things only get worse when he tries to clean it up.
Reaction: I think young kids would love this book. Watching Max try to clean Art up after painting him only makes the situation worse and more ridiculous, and I could imagine little kids cracking up at how the situation deteriorates. The text is pretty minimal and is a conversation between Max and Art, with each characters words in a different font and color. I was expecting this to be a wordless book, as that’s what Wiesner usually does, so I was a little surprised by having text.
Wiesner’s depictions of desert lizards are wonderful. He’s able to make them expressive, detailed and unique, and I love that Art is a horny toad. I also really enjoy the desert landscape, for which y’all know I have a soft spot.
Media Used: Acrylic, pastel, watercolor and India ink