Saturday, March 3, 2012

The Arts

MOUSTERPIECE by Jane Breskin Zalben (Roaring Brook, August 2012), an intrepid mouse named Janson resides in a museum. She loves drawing and painting and begins to use the masterpieces of the museum to inspire her own work. When the modern art wing of the museum is closed for renovation, Janson hangs her own pieces. Voila! A new talent is discovered. Pair these with the incredible nonfiction titles that include WHAT MAKES A VAN GOGH A VAN GOGH and OLIVIA. <95>

EXTRA YARN by Mac Barnett with illustrations by Jon Klassen (HarperCollins 2012) is the tale of a young girl who finds a box of yarn. She begins to knit away and never seems to run out of yarn. Soon, all the residents of the town are adorned in sweaters and caps. The knitting continues as our heroine makes coverings for buildings and other objects in the town. Soon, a greedy archduke comes to steal the wondrous box. He does not get what he bargains for, however, and all ends happily in this "yarn." <96>

Meet THE CHANDELIERS: Daphne, Maximillian, Granny and Granddaddy, Daffodil. They are the featured players of THE CHANDELIERS by Vincent X. Kirsch (FSG, August 2012), a book about theatrical giraffes who are assisted by the small Rufus whose tasks are all behind stage and curtain. Rufus, though, plays a big part in the success of The Chandeliers and is rewarded for his part. <97>


  1. The arts offer kids creative outlets and opportunities to express themselves. I’m glad to see books that feature the arts.
    I just read and enjoyed a short story by Mac Barnett (“Best of Friends”) in GUYS READ: FUNNY BUSINESS. He must have varied interests and stories to tell.

  2. We are moving soon and I have boxes and boxes of creative materials...just waiting to be used. These books make me want to throw open the boxes and get busy! Creative expression is the most enjoyable endeavor...and one we should all take more time to do!