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.
"[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