"Brad" explores the ups and downs of van Gogh's life and art in this colorful report, featuring Brad's funny cartoons alongside reproductions of classic paintings like Starry Night.
This was a very different book than I have read previously from this author. This comes from a series of books about artist. The book is written like a book report that a child would give which was interesting in itself. It was also written in first person as the "child" sees van Gogh.
I liked that the book gave a thorough view at the artist life from the time he was born to the time of his death. One page even showed the artist as a young boy. The book mentioned his brother and how he got along with this sibling. Kids could compare their own relationships with their own siblings.
I also like the book pulled no punches when it came to van Gogh being poor or even how he so tragically died. These things are important truths for this author and give accurate portrayal for children. I do caution reading this book to a younger child as this may be difficult for a younger child to grasp. Older children just might have questions that can easily be discussed.
The illustrations were cute and fantastic at the same time. The "book report" illustrations were done in crayons drawings with cartoon like characters but this was juxtaposed with the real life paintings of the artist.
Overall, I liked this book and gets an "A" from me which equal out to be 5 stars.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book for my open and honest opinion the views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~Naila Moon
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