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Lester Fizz, Bubble-Gum Artist (edition 2008)

by Ruth Spiro, Thor Wickstrom (Illustrator)

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Title:Lester Fizz, Bubble-Gum Artist
Authors:Ruth Spiro
Other authors:Thor Wickstrom (Illustrator)
Info:Dutton Juvenile (2008), Hardcover, 32 pages
Collections:Your library
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Tags:Easy, Prek-1, Gr.1-3, Gr.k-1, Art

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I had never heard of this book before I picked it up, but I now wish I had seen it as a child. Lester is in a family of art masters. Everyone in his family does something, but he can not seem to find his thing. He goes to his uncle one day and his uncle provides him with words of inspiration and off he goes. He becomes an amazing bubble-gum artist. It is a very funny story, with many historical hidden clues in many of the pictures. Overall, a great story to have when you begin an art lesson and you need to inspire. I greatly enjoyed this book. ( )
  christian.mehalic | Jan 29, 2013 |
Every one in Lester's family is an artist, that is except for Lester. Then, one day, Lester learns how to shape his bubbles from his gum. He finally knows how to create art, but will it help him win the art show? ( )
  mfink1 | Nov 18, 2012 |
Lester Fizz has a problem. He is a member of a family where every one has exceptional artistic talent. There's Frieda, Winslow, Edgar, Cornell, Pablo, and Georgia just to mention a few. And their styles vary from everything from abstract painting to collections to photography.

Lester's problem is that he hasn't found his style yet. And he remains the only Fizz that hasn't been recognized as an artist. That ends one day when his Uncle Edgar (Degas look alike) advises him: "The way I see it, Lester, anyone can be an artist. Look at this scupture. What do you see? What don't you see? What do you want to see?"

Lester takes that lesson to heart and is delighted to discover that his talent is manipulating bubble gum. But his elation is soon quashed when he has to compete in an art contest against his nemesis, Cousin Cornell.

Besides the humor inherent in bubble blowing being an accepted art form, there's a real chance here for some art education and a darn nice theme that sometimes you have to hunt around to find out what you are good at.

My children (boy and girl gum enthusiasts; currently 6 and 8) really enjoyed this book I liked that various art styles were demonstrated and that there were representations of the artists and their works at the end of the book along with an invitation for kids to see if they can "I-Spy" the artists works on other pages.

Overall, a good story, and an excellent opportunity to expose children to art. The AR (reading level) as given by Perma-Bound is 2.0 and the Interest Level is 1st thru 3rd Grade. Also, a Good Read-Aloud.

He took a deep breath. His belly bulged. His tongue trembled. His limber lips labored and his fact turned fushia. ( )
  PamFamilyLibrary | Nov 2, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0525478612, Hardcover)

Everyone in the Fizz family is an artist. Everyone except Lester, whose paintings are pitiful and doodles are drab. Lester doesn’t think he’ll ever be an artist, until the day a mouthful of gum becomes a work of art on Lester’s talented lips. Drawing inspiration from all directions, Lester develops his special talent for artful bubbles and blows the competition away!

Full of wordplay, tongue-in-cheek humor, clever art references, and notes about the famous works referenced in Thor Wickstrom’s exuberant illustrations, this is a delight for young artists and bubble-gum fans.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:59:39 -0400)

Everyone in the Fizz family is an artist. Everyone, that is, except Lester, whose paintings are pitiful and doodles are drab. He can't seem to find a way to fit in with the illustrious Fizzes, until one day a mouthful of gum becomes a work of art in Lester's talented lips.… (more)

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