Art & Max

October 16, 2019 - Comment

“Three-time Caldecott medalist David Wiesner takes young readers on an eye-popping journey through the world of art.” – Seira Wilson, Amazon Editor 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

“Three-time Caldecott medalist David Wiesner takes young readers on an eye-popping journey through the world of art.” – Seira Wilson, Amazon Editor

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.Amazon Best Books of the Month, October 2010: With eye-popping illustrations, three-time Caldecott medalist David Wiesner takes readers on a stunning journey through the art world. Art & Max is the story of two artists: Art, a collared lizard who is studiously painting a portrait when we first meet him, and Max, who has just picked up paints and brushes and is ready to go. What follows is a magical journey of explosive color–brilliantly highlighted by the desert background–where acrylic paints, watercolor, and line drawings, are deconstructed and re-invented, and Art undergoes a Jackson Pollack-like transformation. Combining minimal text with remarkable images, this is a book to be cherished and poured over, inspiring the artist in all of us.–Seira Wilson

Amazon Exclusive From Author David Wiesner: The Development of Art & Max
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Introduction to the photos below:
These images show the development of the opening spread for my latest picture book, Art & Max. Given that a picture book is so brief, the opening pages must set the scene and introduce the characters in a concise and effective way. On the half title and title pages of Art & Max, I show Max racing across the landscape, from left to right. Now, on pages 4 and 5, he enters the scene as the story begins.

This drawing is from an early dummy, before I had fully designed the characters or fully worked out the story. Max was originally a chameleon, but I decided to make him a Collared Lizard instead. I have reversed the position of Arthur and Max to continue the left to right movement from the title page. I am exploring body stances to find an expressive interaction between the two characters. This isn’t it. Arthur is beginning to look better. Their physical relationship still doesn’t feel right. Here the characters are looking good, but I think Max still needs to burst onto the scene somehow. Now Max is off his feet, literally flying into the picture, and the landscape has also come together. The scene, painted, as it appears in the book. The story of Art & Max has begun.

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Anonymous says:

One of the most beautiful and thought provoking children’s books I’ve ever seen One of the most beautiful and thought provoking children’s books I’ve ever seen. I love reading thing to my children and often order it as a birthday gift for other children. It is also a favorite read at our elementary school. All the teachers own a copy for their classrooms.

Anonymous says:

Grandson and I both enjoyed this book – a keeper! A fun book. Weisner is a master at creating a sense of wonder. 7 year old birthday boy enjoyed reading the dialogue, figuring out the bigger words and looking at the details in the pictures. He wanted to read it again immediately, so he could be the other character. His takeaway was that “sometimes you mess up and it turns out cool.” We imagined who the other characters were and what they might be saying. A worthy addition to his library.

Anonymous says:

A Different Take from David Wiesner Art & Max is a very good picture book. For some, it will be a dull story with good pictures. For others, a fun story with awesome pictures. It certainly contains a second, more thought provoking story in the background.I enjoyed the book a great deal, but I worried kids would be disinterested; I appear to be wrong. The first-grader’s I’ve worked with loved it; best of all for different reasons. Some loved the exuberance of Max; some the outburst and withering of Arthur. Some…

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