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Summary: There is nothing more important than art and being an artist. At least if you're 10-year-old Noonie Norton. Unlike other artists, Noonie wants us to know everything about her art so nothing is left to interpretation. She tells us about her blue period and how it transitioned to her purple period. Not surprisingly, the loss of her mom; living with her aunt, uncle, and cousin; and missing her Dad (an archeologist continents away) impact her art. And so do these mysterious illnesses that require her dad to come home. This is an illustrated story about a young girl trying to find her way AND be herself.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book, dormant reader, middle grade reader
Recommended Age: read together: 9 to 12; read yourself: 10 and up
Interest Level: 9 to 13
Reading Level: 4.9
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: At first I wasn't sure where the story was going, but Noonie is an engaging young lady! Although the absence of her parents is a key piece of the story, Noonie's creativity and cleverness shine through. For anyone interested in art - or who just wants to know more about it - this is a great book! Noonie offers you an education far better than any old "art book." Don't dismiss this as just a "girl" book!
Pros: This is a great coming-of-age story that has everything readers (young and old) love: humor, strong characters, and a touch of whimsy. The illustrations - both as imagery and backgrounds - add depth to the story, too.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is a book that kids will read and share. It has lots of wonderful moments.
Educational Themes: Although this is largely a story for fun reading, there is a TON of information about art, artists, and art history that kids can enjoy.
Notes: The Reading Tub® picked up this book at the 2010 American Libaray Association Conference for our personal library. There are no expectations of review associated with this book.
Literary Categories: Fiction - art, family, conduct of life
Date(s) Reviewed: August 2010
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