Micawber Paperback – Oct 1 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
The team behind The Remarkable Farkle McBride returns with another high-spirited tale celebrating the arts. While young Farkle found joy in orchestral music, Micawber the squirrel is a lover of the fine art of painting. The refined New York City rodent makes a weekly scamper from his Central Park nest to the nearby "palace on Fifth Avenue" (the Metropolitan Museum of Art), where he can "feast... his eyes and his heart" on countless masterworks. On one such museum visit Micawber stows away among an art student's supplies and winds up in the woman's apartment, where he clandestinely uses her equipment to paint his own canvases, substituting his bushy tail for a brush. As months pass, the benign bandit assembles his own colorful gallery in his home atop the park's carousel. In a tighter, more linear text than Farkle, Lithgow conveys the sense of discovery and emotional enjoyment one can experience while observing or creating art. The vast majority of lines here have a musical rhythm, though young readers may need to puzzle out the meaning of words like "peregrination." Payne's mixed-media compositions capture an area of Manhattan at its clean, sunny best. His varying perspectives and occasionally paint-splattered backgrounds embrace all the exhilaration of Lithgow's words. Ages 5-8. FYI: Included is a CD recording of Lithgow reading his text.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"Lithgow's love of language and wordplay shines throughout his work."
-- USA TODAY
"Another high-spirited tale celebrating the arts."
-- Publishers Weekly
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Top Customer Reviews
In my first foray, it is the fine arts that we spotlight. A New York City squirrel named <b>Micawber</b> loves climbing the glass skylight of a museum every day, where he admires artwork displayed below. One thing he had never seen was someone creating art from scratch, so he leaps at the chance to follow a young artist home in her backpack. He had watched her for a time and now, at her home with tools at his disposal, he is ready to try it for himself.
This is a heartfelt, inspiring, and happy story about an animal who tries something new and found that learning through observation worked well for him. Most touching of all, he was elated to see that he loved creating paintings as much as looking at other people’s work. He soon paints enough to hang his own gallery and avails it to all animals. <b>C.F. Payne</b> is an artist who draws round contours and a unique, almost skewed perspective; such as placing the eye beneath joggers’ legs as if they might run over us. He creates motion that is palpable and sizes each picture’s environs, so we see it like squirrels.
Most recent customer reviews
this is an excellent book to read to kids& a cute story about squirrel that learns how paint by watching a human painter. Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2004 by Brent Hilton
At least one other reviewer claims 'Micawber' is inappropriate for younger kids, based on the reaction of one 4-year old. Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2003 by book-loving mom
Kids ages 4-8 will find this an inviting story of a squirrel who loves the paintings he sees through the window of an art museum. Read morePublished on Jan. 11 2003 by Midwest Book Review
This is a wonderful book that introduces young readers to the world of art in a most imaginative way. Read morePublished on Nov. 26 2002
I was pleased and intrigued when I first picked up Micawber and began to read it to my precocious 4 year old. Unfortunately she never listened past the middle pages. Read morePublished on Oct. 11 2002
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