Not just a book- a work of art,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau (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!