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Micawber Paperback – Oct 1 2005

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  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (Oct. 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689835426
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689835421
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 0.3 x 29.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #413,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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"Lithgow's love of language and wordplay shines throughout his work."

"Another high-spirited tale celebrating the arts."
-- Publishers Weekly

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Format: Paperback
<b>John Lithgow</b> is a recognizable actor. Cereal was sold with his books and we consider literature a valuable deal! I have at last, read two. I am delighted by the passion in “<b>Micawber</b>”. A glance at other feedback tells me <b>John</b> is a well-appreciated author. The disparity of my three publishing dates shows he has authored his special suite of books for some time. I understand <b>John</b> is very musical and as an entertainer of his television calibre, I am not surprised he advocates instilling interest in all of the arts. It is very charming that his audience and pupils of choice are children.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
"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."
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Format: Hardcover
In this wonderful book about a little squirrel's adventures, Lithgow seems to know that even a small child can understand the elaborate, descriptive words he uses to rhyme. I love the fact that he doesn't speak down to children, but brings them up to his level. C.F. Payne is also an amazing artist that brings Micawber and all of his escapades to life. His friends are a little too realistic for me, but it gives me the opportunity to show my daughter nature without actually having to touch the real thing!! :) My daughter loves to find things we may have overlooked or simply forgotten about and she is now asking about the Monet "depicting a haystack at twilight" as well as the other artists mentioned. We recently used this as an opportunity to see more art in books and the museum. She also loves to hear Lithgow reading the story and I use it as a special treat just for her. I purchased this book for her over a year ago and it is still one of her favorites.
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Format: Hardcover
In this charming book, John Lithgow uses clever rhymes, avoiding one syllable words and expected endings. As his little squirrel adventures through New York City on his journey to become a self-made artist, vocabulary words and artistic concepts are skillfully introduced to children. My 2 year old daughter loves to have this book read over and over, and fortunately it is sweet and intelligent enough that I enjoy it nearly as much as she does. Every squirrel we see is now called Micawber and she wonders aloud if he might have paint on his tail if she could just get close enough to see. I highly recommend it for any young, curious child, just be prepared for him or her to develop an unusal interest in your neighborhood squirrels!
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