Rudy and Claude Splash Into Art

Rudy and Claude Splash Into Art

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"Rudy is a curious mouse who wonders, "What is art?" Claude, his feathered friend, tries to teach him. Rudy works on a self-portrait, a still life, a landscape, found art, a sculpture-- all with disastrous results! Then he tries to create an artistic masterpiece, but ... SPLAT! Has Rudy finally become an artist? Dynamic duo Rudy and Claude bring big personalities to this basic introduction to art."--Amazon website.
Publisher: New York :, Two Lions,, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781477847770
Branch Call Number: E FIC McHeffey Adam 12/2014
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) :,color illustrations ;,29 cm
Alternative Title: Splash into art


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Nov 04, 2015

SUMMARY: Rudy the mouse sees his friend Claude the bird painting and wonders what he is about. Claude announces he is making art. Rudy doesn't know what art is so Claude begins to teach him about some different ways of making art. Rudy tries one technique after another; each one not working for him. That is until he finds his true expression and finally makes and discovers art.

ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations were created with mixed mediums. They are large and colorful with lots of action. There were a few pictures that slowed the flow of the story such as the wrong character standing beneath words spoken by the other and a picture of Rudy with only one large black splotch on his face instead of two eyes.

THE GOOD: This book is a good representation of several art forms such as self-portrait, landscape, and found art. It also shows that not every art form is for everyone and that it is more important to find your own way of expressing yourself through art. This book would be a good addition to classrooms.
THE NOT AS GOOD: The text was a bit stilted and read at times more like a textbook.
3.5 Stars, but rounding up for the colorful illustrations.

AGE RECOMMENDATION: Grades K-2 I don't believe the text lends itself to any younger age group, although the pictures would.

Apr 02, 2015

A good introduction to art for young people. It would have been nice if at least one of the 'famous artists' they mention was a woman though.


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Apr 02, 2015

finnja22 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 5


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