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Art's Supplies

by Chris Tougas

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list price: $19.95
also available: Paperback eBook
published: 2008
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
6 to 8
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Reading age:
3 to 5
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Art’s Supplies

This is the place to be to witness the creation of a mess-terpiece of fun! In this delightful tale of the power of the imagination, Art’s art supplies come to life in the studio, creating mayhem and magic — and art! Brilliant illustrations and clever text explore the essence of the creative process.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2009.

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  • Short-listed, Chocolate Lily nominee
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books
  • Commended, Resource Links "The Year's Best"
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In this delightful tale of the power of the imagination, Art's supplies come to life in the studio, creating mayhem and magic—and art! Pastels, pencils and paints, crayons, brushes and markers, everything gets in on the act of creating a mess-terpiece of fun. Chris Tougas' brilliant illustrations and clever text explore the essence of the creative process in a way that children will understand.

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"It's not my fault!" Art declared. "My supplies have a mind of their own!"

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Editorial Reviews

"[A] wonderful fantasy-adventure...Children of all ages and any teacher needing to show personification at any level will have a great time with this book."

— Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group

"Beautiful illustrations and some lovely art jokes...A fun book. Highly recommended."

— The Pragmatic Artist blog

"Full of slapstick, hokey jokes and the not-so-subtle message that art is worth making, this book captures how much fun fooling around with different media can be. Kids will want to grab some colored pencils and get to work themselves."

— Booklist

"If the humor tickles the adults more than children in just a couple cases, they won't notice because they will be enthusiastically reading each of the supplies' words throughout the pages. There is plenty of humor for the very young throughout and I consider the variety of humor a strong point in keeping interest rolling thoughout the story...Put Art's Supplies on your fall list. Your art teachers are going to LOVE you."

— School Library Journal blog

"A refreshing, unique book."

— CM Magazine

"Gorgeously coloured...Tougas's great skill at joyous illustration is just icing on the cake."

— Quill & Quire

"A humorous look at art supplies...young readers will like the funny and colorful pictures."

— Tucson Unified School District

"The illustrations are rich and vibrant....Children will be inspired by this book."

— Resource Links

"Clever, funny and inspiring, Art's Supplies is exactly the sort of book I delight in."

— Council of Parent Participation Preschools in B.C.

"This lively title is sure to be a favorite of youngsters learning to appreciate both subtle humor and engaging cartoon art."

— School Library Journal
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About the Author

Chris Tougas

Chris Tougas is an award-winning author and illustrator of several picture books, including Dojo Daycare (Owlkids, 2014) and Mechanimals (Orca, 2007). He has worked as a character designer and concept developer for such studios as Disney, Fox, The Jim Henson Company, Warner Brothers, Sesame Workshop and many others. Chris lives and works in Victoria, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.christougas.com.
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