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Brush of the Gods by Lenore Look

Brush of the Gods

by Lenore Look

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The writing is fantastic with excellent word choice and imagery. The main character Wu Daozi was easy to empathize with and imagine. The greatest strength of the book is its seamless weaving of realism and legend. The book starts as a realistic tale of a daydreaming boy who fails at calligraphy only to become a great artist. Then it transitions to a tale in which painted butterflies soar off the page and the artist walks into his own painting. All in all, quite a feat.
  amandahnorman | Jun 29, 2015 |
A beautiful story imagining the life of Wu Daozi, considered by many to be China's greatest painter. ( )
  Sullywriter | May 22, 2015 |
Wu Daozi wasn't a great calligraphy student because his brush turns his lines into trees and a hook that catches a fish. He paints on the walls of many places, such as temples and becomes a well known artist in China. Then one day he paints butterflies that fly from his painting. He tries to tell people that his paintings are coming to life but they don't believe him, except the village children. The story can be used in the classroom to teach students about ancient China or Chinese art. ( )
  jwesley | Apr 19, 2015 |
This is a wonderful story that can teach children about Wu Daozi China's most celebrated calligraphist. It is also a story about imagination and encourages creativity and following ones own dreams. The watercolor pictures in the novel also show variety, some of which are vibrant and colorful while others are simple and monochromatic. However, all of them are captivating in their own ways.
  MindyTran | Mar 19, 2015 |
In a world where it is important to learn about the different cultures or people around us, I think, its good get children in on this. Brush of the gods does just that with stunning illustration by Meilo So really makes one feel like they are watching still images that can come to life at any moment, I especially like the one about the valley, river, and animals done in black and white because of the detail. I think it overpowers the text but in a good way. It makes one see the difference between western and eastern styles of drawing.
  josephumana | Mar 15, 2015 |
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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.

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

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