Book Review: The Artist and Me

July 11, 2016

The Artist and Me by Shane Peacock, illustrated by Sophie Casson

From Miss Melanie at Main Library




Today our book review comes from Miss Melanie from the Main Library, and she has a wonderful new book to share with us all.  She looked at The Artist and Me by Shane Peacock.

This biography and picture book is about the life of Vincent Van Gogh, but there is a twist on this story, it's told from the point of view of a boy who bullied Van Gogh.  Today, Vincent Van Gogh is one of the most famous Post-Impressionist artists that has ever lived.  During his life, that was not the case at allBut when he lived in Arles, France, in the 1880s, Van Gogh was mocked for being different. Back then, he was an eccentric man with wild red hair who used clashing hues to paint unusual-looking people and strange starry skies. Children and adults alike called him names and laughed at him. Nobody bought his art. But he kept painting.

The boy in the story watches the adults in his town bully Van Gogh, and he believes it is ok, that is, until he faces Van Gogh alone.  He learns from the artist there is more than one way to see and experience the world around him.

Miss Melanie summed up the book in a wonderful way, "It was a touching tribute to the artist and his troubled life."


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