Note From The Publisher America Has The Bizarre Idea That A Picture Book Must Consist Of Exactly 32 Pages, With Large Type And An Appropriately Simple Story Line This Book Is 128 Pages, Has A Glossary Of Terms, And Presents A Richly Developed And Historically Accurate Panorama So It Doesn T Fit The Pattern Neither Did Hokusai This is, without a doubt, my favorite biography of an artist for children I loved the words, the illustrations, the layout When we finished the book, my 8yo old daughter hugged the book and exclaimed, I want to paint like Hokusai Such a great biography and beautifully illustrated A great addition to our study of Japan. Francois Place is one of my favorite children s illustrators This book is a wonderful introduction to the artwork of the Japanese master, Hokusai He is considered by many sources to be the grandfather of Japanese Manga, and some of his artwork is iconic such as the Wave, Samurai warriors battling terrible monsters, etc The artwork is woven into a nice children s tale about a young orphan boy , Tojiro, who sells rice cakes for his uncle on the streets of Edo It is arduous and thankless work, earning a meager existence On his travels, he meets the great artist, who pays him for one of his rice cakes with a drawing Tojiro loves the drawing, but his uncle is unimpressed, and punishes him for not getting money Hokusai offers to educate Tojiro, and teach him drawing and the crafts involved with making block prints These crafts are also beautifully illustrated by Francois Place s watercolor designs This book works on a number of levels, and is a grea
A beautiful book to behold The story is delightful and the illustrations are gorgeous and appropriate My sons both loved this book, and it s a great primer on 19th C Japan, art and manga. GORGEOUS GORGEOUS GORGEOUS 1111111 I am not a collector of books Not really But after seeing and buying Francois Place s book The Last Giants this summer, I knew that I would also want to own this book by him It arrived from in the mail today and it is thrilling It tells the story of an orphaned boy who lives with his uncle and aunt and sells rice cakes in the streets of Edo to earn his keep He meets a crazy old man, who turns out to be the 90 year old
Beautifully packaged and full of process detail An engaging historical fiction biography of the incredible artist Katsushika Hokusai Perfect to combine with a visit to the 2015 Hokusai exhibit at the Boston MFA Hooray for publisher David R Godine for bringing this book to English language readers. Beautiful book for anyone at any age The illustrations are unbeleviably amazing and detailed The book is about Hokusai, an artist who lived in Japan in the 19th Century This is a fictional tale of the artist and his relationship with a very special young proteg Therefore it combines history, art, and the theme of the old giving to the young i
Like E.L Konigsburg s The Second Mrs Giaconda , the premise is that of a naive young apprentice learning from a master Technical information is woven into a narrative aimed at late elementary readers, with rich illustrations of Edo period Japan. Very beautiful book, art by the author and prints by Hokusai, told from a very clever and engaging perspective For all ages Highly recommend.
- 112 pages
- The Old Man Mad about Drawing
- François Place
- 27 February 2017 François Place