Art & Max

Wiesner, David

Book - 2010
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Art & Max
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Max wants to be an artist like Arthur, but his first attempt at using a paintbrush sends the two friends on a whirlwind trip through various media, with unexpected consequences.

Publisher: Boston [Mass.] :, Clarion Books,, 2010
ISBN: 0618756639
Branch Call Number: FICTION Wie
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 x 29 cm
Alternate Title: Art and Max

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Max wants to be an artist like Arthur, but his first attempt at using a paintbrush sends the two friends on a whirlwind trip through various media, with unexpected consequences.


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Dec 14, 2014
  • FindingJane rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Artistic differences of opinion can occasion utterly new creations—or utter disasters. The exploration of what makes art brings two very dissimilar personalities into conflict, with hilarious and then near fatal results. It’s a gentle poke at folks who take art too seriously and those who don’t.

“Art & Max” shows children that artistic license, i.e., coloring outside the lines, needn’t be frowned upon yet it also cautions against simply letting your ideas run away from you (mess isn’t art, kids, when all it means is you didn’t clean your room). Each page brims with Mr. Wiesner’s exquisite use of color and expression. It contains more words than other books of his (including “Mr. Wuffles”) but it’s undeniably a Wiesner creation, with the eccentric and the mundane effortlessly posed in juxtaposition to each other, as only a true artist can manage.

Aug 14, 2014

gorgeous artwork and funny premise. my family loves david wiesner.

Jul 23, 2014
  • mmcbeth29 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Beautiful artwork as always from Wiesner, but the story is extremely confusing, I had to read and reread the first couple of pages to figure out who was saying what. The style of the story telling leaves much to be desired. Not so sure I like the story either. The little lizard completely messes up the big lizard by painting him, but in the end the big lizard is okay with it. No consequences for the little guy. The concepts here are pretty mature too. I don't know that young children would get it.
Would I recommend this book? NO. Beautiful artwork, but not enough incentive to buy the book.

Aug 13, 2013

Beautiful pictures. Interesting story told mostly by pictures.

Jan 26, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Wiesner’s a wild card. You never quite know what he has up his sleeve. All a person can know is that it’s going to be wonderful. He may not be consistent in terms of his content, but when it comes to quality David Wiesner is ever and always predictably magnificent. Art & Max is no exception.

Jan 14, 2012
  • Artful rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The newest favorite in my classroom: Staid artist Arthur (not Art, please) has a run-in with exuberant, literal, novice-artist Max, and his art will never be the same. Great illustrations. Be sure to have some art supplies at hand, because most kids want to jump right into making some art after reading Art & Max.

Jul 22, 2011
  • Mum_of_2 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I loved this story about creativity and not being hedged in. My 4 year old son had me read it to him over and over again.

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Jan 26, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 8

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Jan 26, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Art, a horned lizard with an artist’s temperament, is doing a bit of portraiture in his desert environment when along bounces happy-go-lucky Max. Max wants to paint just like Art, and the grumpy elder agrees grudgingly, informing the little guy, “Just don’t get in the way.” When Max asks what he should paint, Art suggests himself. Unfortunately for him, Max takes this advice a little too literally and Max finds himself covered in oils, turned into pastels, and eventually nothing more than a mere outline of his former self. By the end, however, he has come around to Max’s exuberance and the two decide to paint. Max makes a portrait. Art throws paints at a cactus.

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Jan 26, 2013
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

“Just don’t get in the way.”

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