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Art & Max

Wiesner, David (Author/Illustrator)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2010. 40 pages
First published: 2010
ISBN: 9780618756636 (hardcover)
9780547740164 (e-book)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character, dialogue

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Max is a small, curious lizard who is eager to learn how to paint. Art, on the other hand, is a large and seasoned artist lizard who takes his medium very seriously. Art reluctantly agrees to let Max paint, suggesting that perhaps Max could paint him. Max takes this quite literally and begins to cover Art in a colourful splattering of paint. Max’s efforts to fix his mistake lead to artistic chaos: Art goes from a modern art mess to an impressionist masterpiece to an outline in pencil that unravels and must be put back together.

Through Art and Max’s wildly entertaining artistic adventure, readers are introduced to a variety of art forms in a delightful way. The author’s use of humour is particularly appealing to readers who will surely want to share in Max’s overflowing enthusiasm and unleash their own creativity.

Simple, snappy dialogue has a different font for each of the two characters (“’Hey, Art, that’s great!’ ‘The name is Arthur.’”) with implied changes in their tone of voice, making for a great read-aloud.

Artists, young and old, will enjoy this humorous and whimsical tale about the creation of art and artists.

  •  

    Talk about the sequence of events. Notice the features of the painting styles that are introduced.

  •  

    Choose a page and consider the characters’ faces and emotions. Create speech bubbles that reveal what each character might be thinking.

  •  

    Find other examples of one of the featured painting styles and create your own painting in that style. Explanation your procedure in writing.

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    Talk about the sequence of events in the story. What are some of the feelings involved (disdain, confusion, irritation, etc.)?

  •  Notice the features of the different painting styles that are introduced. Associate the styles with painters you know.
  •  

    Choose a page and consider the characters’ faces and emotions. Create speech bubbles that reveal what each character might be thinking.

  • To construct his/her identity
  • To cooperate with others
  • To exercise critical judgment
  • To use creativity
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Media Literacy
  • Geography, History and Citizenship
  • Mathematics
  • Visual Arts