When Ramon doesn’t think his drawings are just right, when someone laughs at his creative endeavors, he gives up, just gives up! Ramon’s little sister, Marisol, has been picking up the crumpled up pages that Ramon has thrown all over the place, hanging them all around her room, much to Ramon’s surprise. Her kind words and her little art gallery is just the inspiration that Ramon needs to let loose of all the ways he thinks he should draw. The creative Ramon comes to life once again and begins to draw the way he feels.
How often do we try to please others or even ourselves by creating in some set manner, by someone else’s standards? As artists, writers, and actors can tell us, the best comes out when we allow the rigid walls to crumble, letting those creative juices just gurgle on out. Encouragement is always good for a boost too. This book should encourage artists, young and old, to express with freedom all that they hold inside.
“Ish”… well, you will just have to read this book to find the meaning of this intriguing word.
Mr. Reynolds has done his complimentary simple illustrations in watercolor, ink and tea. The hand lettered wording make the perfect combination.
This is the second story of Peter H. Reynolds’ “Creatrilogy” series.
– An Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award Winner
– A Book Sense 76 Selection
Reading Level: 3 months – 18 years
Peter H. Reynolds is the president and creative director of FableVision Studios, the illustrator of the best-selling Judy Moody series, and the author and illustrator of THE DOT. “Nothing irks me more than seeing a person’s creativity get shut down,” he says. “Through my books, I want to help give kids — and grown-up kids — the vocabulary to protect their exploration, in art, writing, and thinking.” His great website is: http://www.peterhreynolds.com/
- ISBN-13: 9780763623449
- Publisher: Candlewick Press
- Publication date: 8/28/2004
- Pages: 32
- Product dimensions: 8.53 x 7.72 (h) x 0.38 (d)
I originally reviewed this book in September, 2013.