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Stuart is an unpleasant little boy who would like to be an artist. He is bored of painting his city scapes, and nasty monsters so he sets off to paint 'real animals'. But soon after setting up camp Stuart is meeting all kinds of animals none of which quite meet his high expectations. Until, that is he meets one with the required qualifications - a nice big smile and all his own teeth - and suddenly Stuart's arrogance isn't quite enough t protect him. A wonderfully wicked story with the wonderful moral 'Don't be too demanding of your models just in case those models get very demanding of you!'
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Adrienne Geoghegan writes the sort of texts that every child who hates being told to sit still just loves to read. She has recently moved to Wales where she works full time as an author and illustrator. Adrienne also wrote A Wardrobe in my Monster published by Bloomsbury. This is Cathy Gales first book for Bloomsbury and it is wonderful to have her on the list. She lives in London and works in an artists studio behind Tottenham Court road.From School Library Journal:
Kindergarten-Grade 3--Stewart the Painter is Perfect, but since his pictures are not, the youngster packs his bags and boards a bus to the jungle in search of a "real model." An elephant, cheetah, giraffe, and hippopotamus respond to his ad for a "Hansum wild animal" with his "own teeth and a nice big smile." The artist spurns each creature for the characteristics that make it unique (but imperfect for his purposes). When a crocodile (with a lovely smile) queues up, the petulant painter becomes, well, a picnic. Children will delight in the justice served up in this cautionary tale. The quirky, mixed-media collages are a visual feast of notebook paper, maps, rubber stamps, foreign receipts, magazine clippings, and checks-all cleverly combined with a brilliant palette of painted backgrounds and figures. The alliteration and letter play add to the fun. Older readers will be entertained by details such as the childlike imitations of famous paintings, the changing scenes on the teapot, and a reference to a popular board game. This British import is perfectly preposterous for groups large or small.
Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library
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Book Description Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2002. Paperback. Condition: New. Shipped from the UK within 2 business days of order being placed. Seller Inventory # mon0000106345
Book Description Bloomsbury. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0747555745