Reviews for Art's Supplies

Booklist Reviews 2008 November #1
Young artist Art is not in command of his supplies. They have their own agenda, starting with paper, who invites everyone to a party at her pad. The pencils arrive (though the eraser almost halts the fun); then the crayons come with their bad puns, and the markers, who all "felt" great. The pastels blend in smoothly, the scissors cut some jokes, but it s the glue that holds everything together. The wild art, full of scribbles and splatters, may remind readers of David Shannon s work (especially Art himself), and it works well with the jaunty text. Full of slapstick, hokey jokes and the not-so-subtle message that art is worth making, the book captures how much fun fooling around with different media can be. Kids will want to grab some colored pencils and get to work themselves. Copyright Booklist Reviews 2008.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Fall
"My supplies have a mind of their own!" declares Art. Paper throws a party at her "pad." Pencils, crayons, paint, ink, and more attend, creating a "mess-terpiece" of fun. Exuberant splashes of color reign, as cartoon art supplies cavort through frenetically busy pages, expressing themselves in art puns that some kids won't get (e.g., "2B or not 2B?"). Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

School Library Journal Reviews 2008 July

Gr 1-3-- Bright colors, heavy doses of humor, and puns to make readers groan fill the pages as a boy's art supplies prepare for a personality-plus party. Tougas draws upon the tools of an art studio, loading each page with double meanings, e.g., "the pastels arrived. They blended in smoothly" or "the crayons rolled in…. Those guys sure know how to think outside the box." Art's endearing, off-centered features combine with google-eyed markers, crayons, boxes, brushes, tapes, scissors, and glue. Antics of the supplies create opportunities to display the use of various media and inject a frenzied levity in the world of the supplies. Brushes of paint whiz by in long swathes of color, made grainy by thinned bristles. Childlike pencil and crayon drawings propel readers into Art's imaginary world where he dips his toes in the rinse jars alongside the animated wide eyes of soaking brushes. This lively title is sure to be a favorite of youngsters learning to appreciate both subtle humor and engaging cartoon art.--Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX

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