The Noisy Paint Box
By Barb Rosenstock
Illustrated by Mary GrandPré
Knopf Books for Young Readers
2015 CALDECOTT HONOR!
Vasya Kandinsky was a proper little boy, so when his family sent him to art classes, they expected him to paint pretty houses and flowers—like a proper artist.
But as Vasya opened his paint box and began mixing the reds, the yellows, the blues, he heard a strange sound—the swirling colors trilled like an orchestra tuning up for a symphony! And as he grew older, he continued to hear brilliant colors singing and see vibrant sounds dancing. But was Vasya brave enough to put aside his proper still lifes and portraits and paint . . . music?
In this exuberant celebration of creativity, Barb Rosenstock and Mary GrandPré tell the fascinating story of Vasily Kandinsky, one of the very first painters of abstract art. Throughout his life, Kandinsky experienced colors as sounds, and sounds as colors—and bold, groundbreaking works burst forth from his noisy paint box.
Backmatter includes four paintings by Kandinsky, an author’s note, sources, links to websites on synesthesia and abstract art. Junior Library Guild Selection.
Awards & Honors: Caldecott Honor, Amazon Best Books of the Year, Kirkus Best Books, Booklist Top 10, ALA Notable, CLA Notable, CCBC Choice, Bank Street Best Books of the Year, ILA Teacher’s Choice, Museum Store Buyers Association and state lists: Illinois, California, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. Thank you!
“Rosenstock’s prose strikes a balance between lightheartedness and lyricism. GrandPré’s paintings conjure up an entire epoch…breathing life into all the characters.”
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
“This is a beautiful blend of colors, music, and life.”
Starred Review, Booklist
“A rich, accomplished piece about a pioneer in the art world.”
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews
”The book offers diverse potential for different types of study, whether one is reading for information or for pleasure. Outstanding.”
Starred Review, School Library Journal
“Barb Rosenstock captures the moment of the young Vasya’s inner transformation in language almost as fizzy and explosive as a Kandinsky painting.”
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