"One Sunday in springtime, Micawber arose/From his Central Park Carousel nest./He straightened his whiskers and polished his nose/And set off for the place he loved best..." The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where day in and day out, he gazes, lovingly, at the masters through the windows and skylights. One day he watches a student copy a painting. "He noted the stroke of each brush she'd extend,/The rare concentration and care she'd expend./She'd become his unwitting and unknowing friend/By the time the day started to fade..." So he stows away in her paint box, and that night as the young artist sleeps, Micawber begins to paint, discovering the wonders of color. "He returned thirty times by the following fall,/And the paintings poured forth like a geyser./He fastened them all to his living-room wall,/And the woman was never the wiser..." The dynamic team of John Lithgow and C.F. Payne, who brought us the joys of music-making in The Remarkable Farkle McBride, are back to introduce children to the wonders of art and creativity. Mr Lithgow's clever, exuberant text, is filled with rhyme, rhythm, energy, and wordplay, and just begs to be read aloud by an enthusiastic storyteller. Mr Payne's paint-splattered, engaging illustrations help bring this innovative story to life with rich color, marvelous facial expressions and eye-catching details. Together word and art open the world of art appreciation to youngsters 4-8, using an endearing and captivating little squirrel. "And if you should visit the old Carousel,/Look up at its uppermost part./Inside, although nobody ever could tell,/A talented squirrel continues to dwell./If you try, you can picture it, clear as a bell:/MICAWBER'S MUSEUM OF ART."