Sunday, March 14, 2010

Noonie's Masterpiece by Lisa Railsback with art by Sarajo Frieden

Fantastic illustrations with a fresh, contemporary look enrich this debut novel about a 10-year-old aspiring artist stuck living with an aunt, uncle, and cousin who clearly don't recognize her genius. A humorous and heartfelt reminder that 'a brilliant artist is never afraid,' this book reveals that sometimes our greatest masterpieces are the bonds we unexpectedly forge with the people in our lives.

Noonie's Masterpiece would have been my FAVORITE book in elementary school. Noonie is a surprisingly dedicated artist for a 4th grader, she carries her art supplies with her everywhere and creates art whenever the mood strikes her, be it a parking lot or in the hallway. But it's not surprising Noonie has latched onto art the way she has, her mother died when she was younger (she was also an artist), her father is away on archaeological digs and she lives with her aunt, uncle and cousin.

The story is very rich for those of us that love the arts, it's like a who's who of famous artists, I think it's a wonderful way for children to be introduced to these masters of the art world in a fun and relevant way. And the book doesn't just talk about art, it IS art. The illustrations and paintings in this book make it for me. They are silly, random, touching and so so colorful. I found myself being disappointed when there wasn't more than a little pattern on some of the pages after seeing other pages so over saturated with art. I love it.

I would highly suggest this for elementary school aged children that show an interest in the arts!

Noonie's Masterpiece was released on February 24th
Genre: Childrens
4.5/5 Stars
Review copy provided by Amazon Vine

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