When you are an artist, there is much you much do. One such this is to share your creativity. And The Artist in The Artist does just that. Of course, it takes a little to get going, having to travel far from loved ones and finding a drab city that needs some color to freshen up the gray, but it can be done! That is until the Artist of the story created by Ed Vere, makes a mistake. And things spiral for them quickly.
Of course, my brain was thinking of Bob Ross, there are no mistakes just happy accidents (and another illustrator I meet once said something similar, and in fact, proved to me how that was true with a “mistake” to my given name that he fixed in my autographed copy of his book). And yes, our Artist learns that a mistake is not a mistake, but an opportunity to learn.
And a book about an artist better have good art. And it does. Well, somewhat. I mean I liked the art, but as a person who tends to be more of a “realistic liking illustration” person, at first, I was not really getting into it. Yet, once I was setting in a page or two, I realized it was perfect. It is lighthearted and that counters the serious message. It is bold, bright, and minimally detailed, but the message is loud and clear. It is cozy and bold, sweet and sassy. There is a bit going on, but also straight forward.
Good for all ages and for a solo, one-on-one, or read aloud read.