Book Information
Rating: Excellent
Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: Patrick McDonnell
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Year: 2006
ISBN: 9780316114912
Pages: 39

Art by Patrick McDonnell is a cute book based on the fact that Art can be a name and art can be a beautiful creation made by a child. Art experiments with making all kinds of lines and doodles with different mediums. When he tires and falls asleep, all of his doodles culminate in a beautiful, imaginative piece. This rhyming book ends with his mother appreciating Art and…his art! Children should experiment with creativity and be proud of their creations.

The illustrations in Art are largely paintbrush strokes, consistent throughout the interior and exterior pages. The story begins with an almost blank page with Art in the middle of it. The white on each page really stands out, until Art starts to fill the pages with colorful paintings and drawings. He creates with many mediums including crayon, paint, ink, and pencil. Children will be ready to create art of their own as they become inspired by Art's illustrations and imagination.