Artist and Me, The

artistandAuthor: Peacock, Shane Casson, Sophie (Illustrator)
Pub. Date: 2016
Pages: 40
List Price: 18.95
Suggested Grades: 1 to 4
PICTURE BOOK – (hardcover)

Vincent van Gogh is now known as an acclaimed, incomparable Post-impressionist painter. But when he lived in Arles, France, in the 1880s, he was mocked for being different. Back then, van Gogh was an eccentric man with wild red hair who used clashing hues to paint unusual-looking people and strange starry skies. Children and adults alike called him names and laughed at him. Nobody bought his art. But he kept painting.

Inspired by these events, The Artist and Me is the fictional confession of one of van Gogh’s bullies — a young boy who adopted the popular attitude of adults around him. It’s not until the boy faces his victim alone that he realizes there is more than one way to see the world.

Artwork in the book uses vibrant color and texture to bring the laneways, cafés, and wheat fields of southern France to life while playing on scenes from van Gogh’s own work. The lyrical text carries the emotional weight of the subject and will leave readers with the understanding that it’s really a story about deceptive appearances, and about how age brings repentance. Closing notes provide details about van Gogh’s life and work.”

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