Art’s Supplies, written and illustrated by Chris Tougas, is a delightful and very clever picture book that explores a range of art mediums – pastels, pencils, paints, crayons, brushes, ink, markers and more – to tell the tale of how Art prepares for a party. This proves quite a challenge with his ‘art supplies’ working independently to create mayhem in their in own distinctive styles. As the story unfolds there is a masterful subtext of jokes, puns and twists in language that all relate to art – “2B or not 2B” the pencil ponders. Ideal for young readers from 6 up, and older children will enjoy the subtext between the various mediums.
A great story to inspire creative exploration of a range of media and to encourage children to explore and have fun in their artistic creations. This book has just been reprinted and is available in paperback from INT Books in Australia.
Enjoy another hilarious and ingenuous story Spare Dog Parts, is written by Alison Hughes and Illustrated by Ashley Spires. A little girl is seeking the perfect pet and imagines a combination of various unique and special features to create her ideal dog. A stumpy tail, mismatched paws, a long, drooly snout and the biggest dog heart that ever beat results in a rather unusual companion. An adorable dog story for 6 to 8 year olds.