Wednesday, November 5, 2008

"The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau"

The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau
Written and illustrated by: Jon Agee
Published by: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux in NY in 1988
ISBN: 0-374-33633-4
Genre: Picture Book
Reading Level: Grade 3
Activity Level: Grade 1

Summary: This book is about a painter whose creations came to life. Live ducks walked out from his paintings, waterfalls fell from them, volcanoes erupted out as well. There was always a creation of chaos when one of his paintings was in the room and Clousseau became very famous. But, then, a cannon shot out of one of his paintings and the town became infuriated and sent him to jail. All of his paintings were taken, except for one in the King’s Palace f a guard dog. This painting helped the police catch a thief and save the King’s crown, making Clousseau a hero. He was subsequently released…”and returned to his painting” (p. 29)…into his painting!

Response: Again, this is another great work by Agee. This is one of his first books, so the style is a little different and the illustrations are more grim, but the quirkiness is still present. I love the way that you could read the last page (noted above in the summary) to student and they would think the painter went back to painting instead of him going back into his painting, which the illustration shows!

As I stated above, the illustrations in this book are a little more grim than Agee normally uses, but I believe that some of that could be attributed to the fact that this book was set long ago in an art museum, so his very muted tones depict that setting.

Teaching Connections: This book would be great for younger children, perhaps first graders. A teacher could read this book to her class and ask them prediction questions about what could be happening next in the story because nearly every page in this book leaves readers wanting to know more.

What Students Learn: From this book and the activity, students learn to predict text.

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