Books in Brief: Treasure of the World, The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau, Cougar Crossing | Books
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The incredible painting by Felix Clousseau by Jon Agee; Dial Books, 40 pages ($ 17.99) 4 to 8 years.
Author and illustrator Jon Agee’s acclaimed picture book from 1988 is back in print to delight a new generation of children.
The Parisian art world is shocked when a simple portrait of a duck by an unknown artist croaks – and then wins the Best of Show. Clousseau’s paintings with similarly simple motifs (a boa constrictor, a dog) become very popular, cause chaos and land the artist in prison. This absurd approach to art will appeal to all ages; Agee is at his most disrespectful in his hilarious portrayal of the artist Felix Clousseau, a filthy gentleman in a beret with a beard to his knees. Famous artists of this time are Gaston du Stroganoff, Felicien CaffayOllay and Alphonse LeCamembair. One of the amusing illustrations is a horse-drawn carriage rumbling to Paris with a huge portrait in a chic frame.