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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Square Fish; Reprint edition (Nov. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374435820
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374435820
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 0.4 x 25.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,387,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Aug. 2001
Format: Paperback
'The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau' is an enchanting story written and illustrated by Jon Agee. The story is set in Paris where the Royal Palace is holding a Grand Contest of Art. All of the great artists of Paris compete and all are outraged by a small, odd looking stranger and his baffling entry. They all wonder where this unusual, unknown painter, Felix Clousseau, has come from. It seems though, there is more to Clousseau and his paintings than meet the eye.
The storyline has an element of the traditional tale of 'The Magic Paintbrush' but contains a charming and delightful twist. The book is written in a style simple enough for a child to read alone but the gently humourous touches make the book attractive to adults too. It is an enjoyable read and a lovely book to share- it is best read aloud.
The illustrations of the book virtually cascade out of the pages with their beautiful vibrancy. Their bold and basic style is particularly fetching. The illustration of Felix Clousseau himself shows an extremely likable, small, bearded, be-spectacled misfit; an illustration that many art students will find amusingly resembles one of their older, more eccentric tutors.
This book, as well as being an entertaining childrens' story, is about ever-misunderstood originality and the fleeting nature of fame and with it's little dash of magic it should appeal to all: the young, the old and the tortured artist alike! This frustrated artist recommends it very highly!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Entertaining, novel story!! 4 May 2001
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
When the Royal Palace hosts an art contest, all the great artists come out to submit their paintings, like Gaston du Stroganoff with his painting, "The King on his Throne". However, an unknown artist named Felix Closseau also enters the contest. Except where everyone else's paintings are huge and feature the king, Felix's painting is small, and is of a duck.
Considering how seriously the French take their art, you can imagine the uproar at this ridiculous painting. That is, until the duck QUACKS. Then, the duck merrily waddles OUT of the picture itself, and off on it's way. Felix wins first prize.
At first, everyone wants to own a Closseau, until disaster strikes wherever his works are hung. A painting called "The Sleeping Python" is held in high regard, until the Python wakes up one night!! Volcanoes fill rooms with smoke, waterfalls gush gallons onto the floor, Closseau himself is put into jail! That is, until one night when a thief breaks into the royal palace to steal the crown...
Jon Agee has written or illustrated over a dozen books, including books playing with language-books of oxymorons and palindromes, most noticeably. However, "The Incredible Painting..." ranks as one of my personal favorites because of it's original story and fun ending. It's story is fun, quick moving and easy to read (though beginning readers may have difficulty decoding some of the French-ish names). Closseau himself is quite a character, too: a short stooped man with beret and enormous graybeard that successfully hides his face (and most of the rest of him!). Very young children will love the fun absurdity of things coming out of the pictures, while older children will appreciate the havoc that a living painting can wreck! Fun and highly recommended!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A Story for Artists of All Ages 24 Aug. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
An excellent story for artists of all ages. It is short and simple, with a wonderful twist at the end. I have presented this book as a gift to more than one artist friend, and the reaction has always been positive. A truly "cool" book.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
an original, funny book 27 Feb. 2001
By Laurel Halbany - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My kids loved it; highly recommended! It's so nice to find an intelligent children's book that amuses adults.
smart and humourous 17 Nov. 2013
By Bookstork Buzz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Talk of life-like paintings! Felix Clousseau's actually comes to life!

The unknown painter submits a painting in the Royal Palace Grand Contest of Art, in Paris. Competing with celebrated artists such as Gaston du Stroganoff, Felicien CaffayOllay, and Alphonse LeCamembair, Clousseau's rendition of a duck causes some serious outrage amongst the judges, until the impossible happens and the painting goes QUACK!

At once, the extraordinary Clousseau is hailed a genius and wins the Grand Prize. He is the toast of the town. But the good luck is quickly followed by chaos. All over Paris his paintings come to life. The Sleeping Boa Constrictor, owned by a baroness, awakes. Scenes of waterfalls flood homes and paintings of volcanoes erupt. All over Paris, the public is furious and Clousseau is sent to prison!

..... Meanwhile, a notorious thief is on the loose. He's in the King's Palace to steal the crown - the crown, sitting just below a very special painting. A painting that - oui! - will save the day! Clousseau is made a hero! He's released from prison! And awarded the Medal of Honor! His reaction? Absolutely priceless!

A sophisticated theme (life imitates art and the fickleness of public opinion), but it's an easy read and a really good story.
awesome 23 Feb. 2012
By M. Heiss - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a book for all ages.

The tremendous illustrations tell the simple story of Felix Clousseau. Too simple for high-falutin' French tastes, Clousseau causes an uproar by winning the Grand Contest of Art. As his paintings cause a greater and greater stir, he is jailed as a public nuisance. Finally set free by happy circumstance, he returns to the painting he loves. Are we all living in one of Clousseau's paintings? It's the age-old question.
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