This book was recommended to me by my branch manager at the library where I work. I checked it out based solely on that and the beautiful and adorable cover art.
All Max wanted to do was paint. His friend Art is an artist, so he asks him if he can’t paint too. Max doesn’t know what to paint, so Art tells Max to paint him. Max takes this literally, and this starts a really fun rollercoaster of different media.
Max may not be experienced but he is really excited and passionate about trying. He’s full of enthusiasm and he doesn’t give up. I loved Max a whole lot, probably because he reminded me of myself.
SPOILERS: Max paints Art (literally) and then must wash off the paint, which leads to Art being left with no color. Art is just an outline but he eventually turns into a pile of lines, which Max works back into Art’s shape. The first time he does it is very basic, but he tries again and works really hard and meticulously until Max is the right shape. And then comes the really fun part: Max paints Art again and Art is more beautiful and colorful then he ever dreamed of. So the pair start painting together in the end. END SPOILERS
Art & Max is about never giving up and continuing to try as hard as you can at everything you do. It’s about being passionate and enthusiastic and trying new things. Man, I loved this one. Plus, look at all of these beautiful illustrations! I could see these up in a kids’ art classroom. Also, Max is my role model. Haha.
Art & Max
Written and illustrated by David Wiesner
Published by Clarion Books; October 2010
40 pages (hardcover)