Morris the Artist
Publication Date: May 2003
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You’re invited to a birthday party!
It’s Benjamin’s birthday. The present Morris brings to give Benjamin is what Morris would like to get himself, and he refuses to hand it over. But Morris can’t have fun at a party while he’s holding on to a package. The longer he holds it, the bigger it seems to get. It grows into one enormous nuisance, and the only way to get rid of it is to open it up. Morris’s present turns out to be something marvelous for everyone to do.
With the colorful Morris and the beautiful and funny pictures, Lore Segal and Boris Kulikov have made a birthday party that young readers will want to come to again and again.
Lore Segal is the translator of The Juniper Tree and has written numerous books for young readers, including Tell Me a Mitzi. She lives in New York City.
Boris Kulikov’s work regularly appears in The New York Times Book Review. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
" This simple and realistic tale is made fantastical by Kulikov's bizarrely sophisticated paintings... [a] delightful world of creative play. Youngsters will enjoy the story, take the odd perspectives in stride, and maybe even learn a thing of two about friendship and generosity. Huge fun." --Starred, School Library Journal
" The imaginative mixed media illustrations transform the spartan text into an inventive, child-like scenario...A fascinating debut." --Starred, Kirkus Reviews
"With empathy and imagination, this tale explores the sometimes angst-filled arena of children's birthday parties...An off-kilter, funhouse feeling pervades." --Starred, Publishers Weekly