Houghton Mifflin, Hardcover, 9780618759231, 32pp.
Publication Date: April 1, 2008
A bear wants to paint a picture, and so he does; however, two fine, proper gentlemen don’t think that it is a very fine picture at all. But just because they don’t see what the bear sees doesn’t make it a bad picture, right? Daniel Pinkwater turns art (and art critics) upside down in this classic tale, now beautifully reillustrated by D. B. Johnson.
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!
"[A] quirky, sardonic and highly entertaining view of what makes art." Booklist starred, Feb 1 2008 Booklist, ALA, Starred Review
"Bear makes a grand champion for all young artists...it wouldn't hurt for certain grown-ups to hear this message." Kirkus 3/15/08 Kirkus Reviews
"Imaginative illustrations from a notable ursine stylist lend pizzazz to this reillustrated 1972 bear-centric tale." Publishers Weekly, starred, 1/21/08 Publishers Weekly, Starred
"Children whose creative efforts have been thwarted will empathize with this paw-on-hip, nose-in-the-air bear who exudes confidence." SLJ April 2008
School Library Journal
"Pinkwater's text has an abstract tone...subtextual eye-rolling at the...prejudgment of the critics will put kids happily on the bear's side." Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
". . . this aritst bear, broad-beamed and loveable, won't be stopped. 'It is MY picture,' he says, and a splendid one it is." The Chicago Tribune