Peacock, Shane. Artist and Me, The. Sophie Casson, Illus. Picture Book. Owlkids, 04/2016. pp. $16.95. 978-1-77147-138-1. OUTSTANDING. GRADES 1-3.
A young boy joins in with the rest of the adults and children in his village in bullying a crazy artist, and years later reflects on his mistakes and the talent of the man he tormented, Vincent Van Gogh. Although the boy ridicules Van Gogh, he secretly thinks the artist may not be as crazy as his town says. This book presents a gentle but powerful message against bullying by sharing the story of a famous and beloved artist. The illustrations use saturated colors in a variety of textures and materials, clearly influenced by Van Gogh’s distinctive, painterly style. The Artist and Me is a beautiful and meaningful story that celebrates both art and individuality.
Lorianna Giarrizzo, Palo Alto PL