Mousterpiece

(2012)
Mousterpiece

 

The cover to Mousterpiece announces that this is "a mouse-sized guide to modern art".  The book stars Janson, a mouse who lives in a museum and loved to explore.  When she finds the wing of Modern Art, she begins to practice drawing self-portraits in the styles of the artists she sees on the walls.  Rousseau, Picasso, Seurat, even Jackson Pollack and Andy Warhol inspire Janson to paint more.  When the Modern wing closes for renovation, Janson begins to leave her work behind for others to find, and it turns into an exhibition for her work.  At the end, Janson discovers her own style, "unlike anyone else's", with a beautiful mousterpiece at the end.  Notes at the end of the book introduce the artists that Janson has referenced.

This book received starred reviews from Kirkus and Booklist, and is highly recommended for children in preschool through 3rd grade. 

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