Books for Younguns, Young Adults and the Young-at-Heart

Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse

Horses aren't blue, elephants aren't orange and donkeys aren't polka-dotted.  Unless they're in an artist's imagination...

The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse is a new picture book written and illustrated by beloved favorite Eric Carle.

There isn't so much a story here as a simple affirmation that an artist can create a world that doesn't adhere to the rules.  In the case of the young boy here, this means he can depict animals in all the colors of the rainbow.  This is a marvelous motivation for Carle to give us his classic illustrations in vibrant two-page spreads.  These are surely some of the most striking of his career, and his unique style is perfect for the slightly surreal creatures.  Small ones will love the bright colors and simple text, making it a sure-fire go-to book for reading alone as well as together.

The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse is published by Philomel and retails for $17.99 (hardcover).  I read my copy by picking it up from the shelves for a few minutes.  You can get yours at Left Bank Books today!

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