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Brush of the Gods

by Lenore Look

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Brush of the Gods is a beautiful tale full of complex feelings and illustrations. The vivid details and magical words leave the reader feeling a sense of wonder. ( )
  ekrynen | Oct 5, 2014 |
Wu Daozi paints so well that his pictures come to life and disappear. Wu Daozi lived during the T'ang Dynasty (618-907), and is thought to be the finest artist in Chinese history. Meilo So's illustrations are reminiscent of famous Chinese watercolor and ink paintings. ( )
  mosbor | Sep 21, 2014 |
Wu Daozi is said to be one of China's greatest painters, and this magnificently crafted visual feast combining the work of Lenore Look and Meilo So captures the artist's life from childhood to his disappearance into one of his paintings - or so legend has it. As a youth, Daozi marched to a different drummer as he created - never quite doing what the others in the class were doing, but in the end far exceeding them Speaking to the creative process, this book would charm listeners. Look is never heavy handed but does convey the message that being boastful is not okay. Only when staying humble did Daozi have a following. ( )
  pataustin | Aug 30, 2014 |
This was a beautifully written and illustrated Chinese story. The pictures were so detailed and colorful and really captured the Chinese people in a great way. The story was very mystifying as well. It can be a multicultural read about some of the history of China and of this man whose paintings came off the walls. It has great imagination and would spark the interest of a child instantly. There are many words so it would be a good read aloud story or for an older child.
  ediekm1990 | Jun 3, 2014 |
Wu Daozi was not a promising calligraphy student, but he turned out to be an amazing artist. His paintings were so life like they were rumored to come to life and walk away. After painting an amazing masterpiece that took years to complete Wu Daozi simply walked into his painting and disappeared.
  BrandiMichelle | Jun 1, 2014 |
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   Who wants to learn calligraphy when your brush is meant for so much more? Wu Daozi (689-758), known as China's greatest painter and alive during the T'ang Dynasty, is the subject of this stunning picture book. When an old monk attempts to teach young Daozi about the ancient art of calligraphy, his brush doesn't want to cooperate. Instead of characters, Daozi's brush drips dancing peonies and flying Buddhas! Soon others are admiring his unbelievable creations on walls around the city, and one day his art comes to life! Little has been written about Daozi, but Look and So masterfully introduce the artist to children.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:24:46 -0400)

During the Tang dynasty, master painter Wu Daozi creates an extraordinary mural for the emperor.

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