BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: Art & Max by David Wiesner

TITLE: Art & Max


PUBLISHER: Clarion Books, 2010

SYNOPSIS: Max and Arthur are friends who share an interest in painting. Arthur is an accomplished painter; Max is a beginner. Max’s first attempt at using a paintbrush sends the two friends on a whirlwind trip through various artistic media, which turn out to have unexpected pitfalls. Although Max is inexperienced, he’s courageous and a quick learner. His energy and enthusiasm bring the adventure to its triumphant conclusion. Beginners everywhere will take heart.

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK :   Friendships are a funny thing. Some come into your life for but a moment. Some bring with it a lesson to learn. And then there are some friendships that last a lifetime, surviving all of those rocky ups and down that can shatter a heartfelt connection. Author David Wiesner shines a light on one of those types of friendships in ART & MAX. Poor Art was just trying to spend a little quiet time painting when Max tumbles into his world like tumbleweed and shakes up Art’s simple life. Wanting to join in his new friend’s day, Max proceeds to color Art’s world…AND Art…and they both soon realize that both lives will never be the same again! This artfully illustrated picture book celebrates special friendships and all the colorful adventures that come with it! A great addition to any library!

RATING: *****5 Stars *****


1 star…probably not worth your time.

2 stars…there are some things to like, but could elements have been stronger.

3 stars…this story will appeal to some readers but othe thers might find it lacking something.

4 stars…strong story, nice illustrations, and should grab the attention of many readers.

5 stars…superbly written story, stellar illustrations, a must addition to any book lovers’ collection!



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Hybrid published author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of flash fiction, children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna offers occasional BOOK NOOK REVIEWS of great children’s books and offers WRITERLY WISDOM to new and established writers. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, Alliance of Independent Authors, and Children’s Book Insider. Donna loves dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection.

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