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Art & Max by David Wiesner

Art & Max (edition 2010)

by David Wiesner

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Title:Art & Max
Authors:David Wiesner
Info:Clarion Books (2010), Hardcover, 40 pages
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Art & Max by David Wiesner


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This book plays with perception, different art styles, mediums and has a wonderful sense of meta-awareness. Enthusiastic Max and indignant Arthur are endlessly entertaining and there is always something interesting going on in the background. It feels less like a traditional story and more like a classic cartoon.
  jlange4 | Mar 15, 2015 |
This colorful book is a blast! Weisner writes and illustrates strong characters full of personality and humor. The way he plays with art creates a hilarious story that will keep young readers engaged and laughing. ( )
  EliseMT | Feb 26, 2015 |
For me, this book was hard to follow. Max asks Art if he can paint and Art replies to paint him. Max then starts to put paint on Art. Art gets upset and Max tries to fix it. Pretty soon Art is nothing but an outline that becomes unraveled. Max puts Art back together and repaints him and they both seem happy. The only part of the story I like were the illustrations. Otherwise I would have rated at two star. ( )
  KarlaMyatt | Sep 21, 2014 |
Arthur tries to share is wisdom of painting with Max, an over excited lizard. Although this Wiesner literature has text, the images help tell the story.
  alcrumpler | Jul 21, 2014 |
Art and Max both like to paint. Art is an accomplished painter whereas Max is very curious about painting. Art and Max discover a lot about art and a lot about each other within the pages of this book.
  gfurth | Jun 12, 2014 |
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Art is an artist, and Max would like to be an artist. When trouble arises and Art is changed because of Max, they go through a series of different adventures until Art is put back again. If I were teaching this to younger students, we would look at theme and what is being said by Art and how Max proves himself by the end to be an artist, just not the type of artist that Art thought he should be. The art was, of course a great, and the story flowed from page to the next smoothly.
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, October 2010: With eye-popping illustrations, three-time Caldecott medalist David Wiesner takes readers on a stunning journey through the art world. Art & Max is the story of two artists: Art, a collared lizard who is studiously painting a portrait when we first meet him, and Max, who has just picked up paints and brushes and is ready to go. What follows is a magical journey of explosive color--brilliantly highlighted by the desert background--where acrylic paints, watercolor, and line drawings, are deconstructed and re-invented, and Art undergoes a Jackson Pollack-like transformation. Combining minimal text with remarkable images, this is a book to be cherished and poured over, inspiring the artist in all of us.--Seira Wilson

Amazon Exclusive From Author David Wiesner: The Development of Art & Max
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Introduction to the photos below:
These images show the development of the opening spread for my latest picture book, Art & Max. Given that a picture book is so brief, the opening pages must set the scene and introduce the characters in a concise and effective way. On the half title and title pages of Art & Max, I show Max racing across the landscape, from left to right. Now, on pages 4 and 5, he enters the scene as the story begins.

This drawing is from an early dummy, before I had fully designed the characters or fully worked out the story. Max was originally a chameleon, but I decided to make him a Collared Lizard instead. I have reversed the position of Arthur and Max to continue the left to right movement from the title page. I am exploring body stances to find an expressive interaction between the two characters. This isn’t it. Arthur is beginning to look better. Their physical relationship still doesn't feel right. Here the characters are looking good, but I think Max still needs to burst onto the scene somehow. Now Max is off his feet, literally flying into the picture, and the landscape has also come together. The scene, painted, as it appears in the book. The story of Art & Max has begun.

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Max wants to be an artist like Arthur, but his first attempt at using a paintbrush sends the two friends on a whirlwind trip through various media, with unexpected consequences.

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