by Patrick Ewing
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
Category: Nonfiction – Art
Personal Evaluation: I learned so much about Patrick Ewing and about how to paint, I just might try it myself! The authors walk a novice painter through getting started, by suggesting that they experiment with designs first, and then try mixing colors to get skin color and then try painting people, then painting scenes from your day, in a way that seems totally doable. There are lots of paintings by kids, along with the artists’ comments, so you don’t need to feel intimidated by adult artists.
What might interest children: Definitely Patrick Ewing’s celebrity would be a big pull for a basketball fan, but this book is aging out of where kids this age would know who he is. In any case, fans of basketball will enjoy the little Patrick Ewings dressed in his basketball uniform, giving painting tips. This book skews the art of painting a bit more toward boys, which is not entirely a bad thing, if you ask me.