Author: Slade-Robinson, Nikki
A young artist explains how she uses the materials provided by nature, as well as her imagination and creativity, to fuel her art.
Kirkus Reviews (12/01/17)
School Library Journal (01/01/18)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 01/01/2018 PreS-Gr 2—The message of this book is simple: anyone anywhere can be an artist, with a little imagination. The main character, a young girl with blond pigtails, declares on page after page, "I am a/n ____artist," and proceeds to craft together mythical creatures from materials from that particular landscape (forest, beach, rain puddles, etc.) The illustrations feature collages of found objects, contrasting with the girl who is playfully drawn in childlike colored-pencil sketches. The text follows a repeated pattern: the verso page is blank, with a statement in curlicue font, facing the recto with an illustration. This repetition does not get tedious due to the descriptive language—"fluffy lichen, twisted sticks, smooth stones, and lacy leaf skeletons"—and interesting juxtaposition of the mixed media illustrations. VERDICT This sweet picture book contains a positive message for young artists everywhere and is a potential leaping-off point for creative projects using found objects in nature. Purchase for medium size and large collections.—Clara Hendricks, Cambridge Public Library, MA - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.