Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 3 to 7
- Grade: p to 2
- Reading age: 3 to 7
Martin and his neighbors eschew change until eccentric Mr. Flux moves in and shows them that change can be big or little or even fit inside a box, and not at all scary. A tongue-in-cheek tale loosely inspired by the 1960s art movement known as Fluxus.
About the authors
KYO MACLEAR was born in London and grew up in Toronto as the only child of a foreign correspondent. Her father reported on some significant world events, including recording the first interviews with American POWs in North Vietnam. While Stray Love is entirely a work of fiction, it is informed by her experiences living with her father. Her first novel, The Letter Opener (2007), was awarded the K.M. Hunter Artists Award and shortlisted for the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award. Maclear is also an award-winning visual arts writer and the author of two children’s books: Spork (2010) and Virginia Wolf (2012). Visit her online at www.kyomaclear.ca.
Matte Stephens is an illustrator and fine artist, and a firm believer in the idea that art can be found all around us. Mr. Flux is his first full-length picture book. Matte and his lovely wife, Vivienne, make all kinds of art in Peterborough, New Hampshire, in the company of their five cats and one dog, where change is always welcome.
- Winner, Best Books of the Year for Children and Young Adults - Outstanding Merit, Bank Street Children's Book Committee
- Short-listed, Rainforest of Reading, Ontario Library Assocition
The book uses Fluxus, a media-blending artistic movement of the 1960s, as an inspiration and tonal springboard. This will sail over most of the young audience, of course, but anchoring the story in an element of art history gives it an added philosophical dimension, nevertheless.—Booklist Online
... angular, quirky and slightly abstract illustrations convey both the sense of play and curious lenses for experience that the Fluxus movement celebrated.—Kirkus Reviews
A wonderfully offbeat storybook ...—Canadian Family