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The Artist and Me

by Shane Peacock, illustrated by Sophie Casson

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bullying, art & architecture, peer pressure, european
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list price: $18.95
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ISBN:9781771471381
publisher: Owlkids Books Inc.
Description

Vincent van Gogh is now known as an acclaimed, incomparable Post-impressionist painter. But when he lived in Arles, France, in the 1880s, he was mocked for being different. Back then, van Gogh was an eccentric man with wild red hair who used clashing hues to paint unusual-looking people and strange starry skies. Children and adults alike called him names and laughed at him. Nobody bought his art. But he kept painting.

Inspired by these events, The Artist and Me is the fictional confession of one of van Gogh’s bullies — a young boy who adopted the popular attitude of adults around him. It’s not until the boy faces his victim alone that he realizes there is more than one way to see the world.

Artwork in the book uses vibrant color and texture to bring the laneways, cafés, and wheat fields of southern France to life while playing on scenes from van Gogh’s own work. The lyrical text carries the emotional weight of the subject and will leave readers with the understanding that everyone’s point of view is valuable.

About the Authors

Shane Peacock is an award-winning novelist, playwright, journalist and television screenwriter. His bestselling series for young adults, The Boy Sherlock Holmes, has been published in ten countries in twelve languages and has found its way onto more than forty shortlists. For more information, visit www.shanepeacock.ca.

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SOPHIE CASSON is a graphic designer, specialising in illustration. She lived for many years in Africa, but more recently in Montreal.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
5 to 9
Grade:
k to 4
Awards
  • Short-listed, Nominated for the 2017 Blue Spruce Award
  • Short-listed, Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award Finalist
  • Short-listed, Clark County School District "Each One, Read One" book selection
  • Short-listed, Kirkus Best Picture Books of 2016
  • Commended, A Junior Library Guild Selection
  • , One of School Library Journal's Most Anticipated Titles for Spring 2016
  • , US National Gallery of Art suggested reading
  • , Anne Izard Storytellers' Choice Award 2015-16
  • , Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids and Teens
  • , Nominated for Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens
Editorial Reviews

"Forthright and self-aware...about the battle between authenticity and conformity, integrity and capitulation--so much a part of growing up."

— The Horn Book

"Delivers a meaningful message about individuality and tolerance."

— School Library Journal

"An obvious complement to art curricula, this book could also reinforce anti-bullying discussions at home and in the classroom."

— The National Reading Campaign

"Poignant... a story about deceptive appearances."

— Publishers Weekly

"Low-key yet powerful...simple, resonant, superb."

— Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

"Would be an excellent read aloud in an art class to kick off a lesson about Vincent van Gogh or in a regular classroom during a morning meeting about bullies and treating others as you would like to be treated. Recommended."

— School Library Connection

"Beautifully and sparsely written, as well as vividly illustrated... makes its point quite eloquently."

— Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

"Evocative...a useful classroom resource."

— Canadian Review of Materials

"A real-life context for the effects of bullying, which will spark interest and encourage discussion."

— Booklist

"Sincere thanks must go to the authors, illustrators and their publishers for providing children with the opportunity to be inspired by these legendary individuals through such fine publications."

— Canadian Children's Book News, joint review

"This beautifully illustrated picture book, easily read by beginning readers...illustrates how children are taught prejudice by their elders. This is a timely concept in today's world."

— The Quaker Friends Journal

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