The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau
At a Grand Contest of Art, the unanimous winner is Felix Clousseau - but his pictures come to life and wreak havoc. This first book by Jon Agee uses humour, colour and visual surprise to keep the attention of readers and listeners right up to the unexpected ending.
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A multilevel spoof aimed at pretensions, especially in the art world: an unknown painter, Clousseau, is suddenly acclaimed as a genius and wins the Grand Prize at Paris' "Grand Contest of Art" when his outrageously simple painting of a duck emits a quack. But there's trouble when his other paintings also come to life and prove inconvenient to their owners: a snake frightens a baroness, a waterfall's water and a volcano's smoke invade drawing rooms, and only the fact that the king's painted dog catches a real burglar reaching for the crown saves Clousseau from prison. Agee's bold, cartoon-like illustrations are imbued with the rich, deep tones of academic painting, occasionally enlivened by the bright colors of an impressionist street-scene - apparently also the creation of our happy painter, since, in an intriguing last page, he walks into that scene as he "return[s] to his painting." As allegory or as imaginative flight, this should provoke chuckles - and discussion - among children as well as adults. (Kirkus Reviews)