Art & MaxBook - 2010
Baker & Taylor
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.
Draws on diverse influences from George Herriman’s Krazy Kat and the work of Salvador Dali to present a tale that follows themes of friendship and creativity, as a pair of lizards with different levels of painting expertise share an exciting journey through various artistic media. By the Caldecott Medal-winning author of Tuesday. 150,000 first printing.
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Art, a horned lizard with an artist’s temperament, is doing a bit of portraiture in his desert environment when along bounces happy-go-lucky Max. Max wants to paint just like Art, and the grumpy elder agrees grudgingly, informing the little guy, “Just don’t get in the way.” When Max asks what he should paint, Art suggests himself. Unfortunately for him, Max takes this advice a little too literally and Max finds himself covered in oils, turned into pastels, and eventually nothing more than a mere outline of his former self. By the end, however, he has come around to Max’s exuberance and the two decide to paint. Max makes a portrait. Art throws paints at a cactus.
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