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Magritte's Marvelous Hat Hardcover – Apr 17 2012
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A visual tour de force Arty, amusing and exceedingly cleve." - Kirkus "Beckoning, buoyant brilliant." - School Library Journal, starred review "Unexpected design elements, notably reversible images printed on transparent pages, surprise readers with clever illusions and artistic allusions Rather than magnify surrealism's sinister edge, Johnson focuses on its energy and borrows that exuberance for his own see-through pages." - Publishers Weekly, starred review"
About the Author
D. B. Johnson has been a freelance illustrator for more than twenty years and has done editorial cartoons, comic strips, and conceptual illustrations for magazines and newspapers around the country. Mr. Johnson's first picture book, Henry Hikes to Fitchburg, was a New York Times bestseller and a Publishers Weekly bestseller, as well as an American Bookseller 'Pick of the Lists.' Henry Hikes to Fitchburg also won numerous awards, including the Boston Globe - Horn Book Award for Picture Books and the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award. Mr. Johnson and his wife, Linda, live in New Hampshire. Visit his website at www.henryhikes.com!
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The book is a delightful way to bring Modern art to children. My three-year-old boy has me read the book to him over and over. Parents--you know what that means: you've got a winner here. My son always calls out, "The hat came back!" at the appropriate moment in the story, and he shouts out again to announce when Magritte has made it back home after the adventure that drives the plot.
This is the most original children's book I've read in years, and I recommend it to all parents who want to find a fun way to lead their children onto a journey of discovery of Modern art.
In "Magritte's Marvelous Hat," author/illustrator D.B. Johnson brings Magritte to life in the form of a dog. One day, Magritte sees a marvelous hat in a store window. He tries on the hat and it just pops up and floats above his head, and that's just the way she likes it. Magritte hurries home and finds that painting has become easy -- his hat is amazing!
The next day Magritte goes for a walk and his hat pretends to blow away. The hat loves to play, and when Magritte wants it to sit still so he can paint, the hat runs away. It's a giant game of hide and seek that ends with some of Magritte's best work.
The artwork for "Magritte's Marvelous Hat" was inspired by Magritte's work in real life. Magritte painted real-life objects like an egg, hat, apple and pipe. They make appearances throughout the book.
"Magritte's Marvelous Hat" is a marvelous read. The illustrations are beautiful and the text fun. Four transparent pages are really what make this books special, adding to the surrealist feel while being accessible for its young audience.
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