Art & Max

Art & Max

by David Wiesner


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618756636
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 10/04/2010
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 341,063
Product dimensions: 11.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: BR (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

David Wiesner is one of the best-loved and most highly acclaimed picture book creators in the world. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages and have won numerous awards in the United States and abroad. Three of his picture books became instant classics when they won the prestigious Caldecott Medal: Tuesday in 1992, The Three Pigs in 2002, and Flotsam in 2007, making him only the second person in the award’s long history to have won three times. He lives with his family outside Philadelphia.


Outside Philadelphia, P.A.

Date of Birth:

February 5, 1956

Place of Birth:

Bridgewater, NJ


Rhode Island School of Design -- BFA in Illustration.

What People are Saying About This

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"A thought-provoking exploration of the creative process....Funny, clever, full of revelations to those who look carefully—this title represents picture-book making at its best."—School Library Journal, starred review

"Children will giggle and marvel....Triple Caldecott winner Wiesner delivers a wildly trippy, funny and original interpretation of the artistic process."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"This small-scale and surprisingly comedic story takes place against a placid backdrop of pale desert colors, which recedes to keep the focus squarely on the dynamic between the two lizards and the wide range of emotions that Wiesner masterfully evokes."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Sophisticated and playful, this beautiful mind-stretcher invites viewers to think about art's fundamentals: line, color, shape, and imaginative freedom."—Booklist starred review

"[A] visual meditation on the effects of illustrative style. . . . Detailed with Wiesner's signature craft and wit."—The Horn Book

"Longtime children's book legend David Wiesner takes exciting risks with his newest book about two art-making critters."—The Huffington Post

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Art & Max 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
wisecat More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because my 2 1/2 year old is named Max. And it turned out to be one of my best book purchases for him. He LOVES it! He has me read it to him 3-4 times a night. And then he'll just look through it over and over again asking questions. He can not get enough. And I love it because of the art. It's beautifully done!
pataustin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Whenever you read a David Wiesner book, there's always more than meets the eye. The basic conflict is between Arthur the artist and Max, a wannabe artist. Wondering aloud what to paint, Max completely misunderstands when Arthur says, "You can paint me." He does -- splattering the lizard with all manner of colors. When he tries to undo what havoc he has wrought, the deeper story unfolds -- the complex relation between elements of art -- line, shape, form, space, value, and color. Sure, the color washes away, but then the line begins to unravel until there is no more Art. Taking a line (as all art must start with line), Max recreates Arthur -- and repaints him too, this time alluding to the style of pointillism. So sophisticated.
zeebreez on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Weisner, David. Art & Max. Boston:Clarion Books, 2010. This humourous book has two lizards as the main characters. The illustrations tell the story of a little lizard that wants to paint just like his mentor. But in the process he completely changes his mentor's colors. This book would be good for teaching experimental art to children. The text is simple to read. Age group: 6-8 years.
bookcat27 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Arthur, also known as Art, is an artist. His friend Max wants to do what Art is doing, which is painting. Art resists at first but then lets Max join him. When Max asks Art what he should paint, Art replies ¿paint me!¿ This ends up being a mistake because Max takes him literally and starts to throw paint on Art. In the race to get Art back to his original form, Max explores how art can change one¿s life and shape. He finally gets Art put back together again as ultimately both of them discover that art can change your life and how you look at things. This is a wonderful book about art and some basic concepts that an artist uses to create a work of art. We go through several stages, from coming up with an idea or concept, to following through with the execution of the artwork, to the final product.
asomers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As usual David Wisner is brilliant!
AbundanceofBooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Arthur is very formal, very precise, and very good at what he does. He has agreed to let the overly enthusiastic Max paint with him, and maybe learn a thing or two, as long as he doesn't get in the way. Max dives right into painting, but is stopped short by a complete and total lack of inspiration.He has energy, he has drive, he has no idea what to paint. Arthur (not Art!) suggests that Max paint him. Max takes him literally. Art is not pleased by his new technicolor self (though Max thinks he looks fantastic) and his resulting anger causes him to crack! Art's painted scales fly off leaving a powdery chalk pastel and still technicolor Art. Max tries a fan to blow away the powdery cover, only to reveal... a watercolor version of the painted lizard. Max tries washing Art off, and it works so well that Art turns into a line drawing. Things are not going well and Art tries to stomp off before Max can do any more damage. He didn't stomp fast enough. Max manages to unravel Art, leaving him holding the tail end of a long, squiggly line. Max gets to work reshaping the line into Arthur. First there's a sad, wonky version ("More detail I think."), then ageometric Arthur. With a few more "pointy bits" Art is back but still colorless. Max vacuums up all of the scattered scales (where he's plugging these things in in the middle of the desert, I don't know), throws it in reverse, and hoses Art down with a stream of colors. We're left with a brightly colored stippling version of Art who is also a lot more relaxed.I wouldn't be surprised if this one wins a Caldecott Honor. I love the large expanses of empty desert, the lovely water color skies, the humorous facial expressions, and the fantastic detail of the lizards. The lizards' bumpy surfaces just beg to be touched. There's an amazing amount of detail and creativity in this book, but it's not my favorite Wiesner story. It's a great book for artists but ok in general. Great illustrations, cute story, but... I don't know. Maybe it will grow on me. I really do like Max and the three lizards helping in the background.Verdict:I definitely think this is a great book to bring home from the library, no doubt about it. This might be one of those books you need to spend some time with before deciding to buy it. With it's expansive illustrations (as wide and sweeping as their desert setting) and exuberant little Max, it just might win you over. I give it 4 stars.
BNBHarper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: Art is painting when Max decides that he wants to paint just like Art. Max is not sure what to paint so Art suggest to paint a picture of Art. Max takes Art literally and begins painting all over Art rather than on the paper. Art gets so mad and starts to throw paint all over a cactus. Response: I had to read this book quite a few time to figure out what it was about. The first time I read it, I only got that lizards were painting. The more I analyzed it, I began seeing the story line. I think it is funny how Art gets frustrated with Max and loses his temper. Classroom Connection: Discussing an art lesson.
jebrou on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Art & Max, David Wiesner continues a theme present in his other books of thinking outside the box. In this book, a small lizard, named Max, teaches another, more uptight lizard, named Arthur or Art, how to be more creative. Just like the boy in one of his previous books Sector 7, Max forces Arthur to think differently about what it means to create art and be an artist. Max brings vibrant colors to the seemingly bland desert surroundings. Here, just as in the other two books, the ordinary is turned to extraordinary.
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