Dinner at Magritte's

Dinner at Magritte's

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by Michael Garland
     
 

Pierre is bored--it's too quiet at his parents' cottage. But not when he visits his neighbors, the painter Rene Magritte and his wife, Georgette. With the Magrittes and their artist friend, Salvador Dali, Pierre walks through strange-looking woods and shares a most unusual dinner of Flying Fish Soup and Partridge Pie. Full color.See more details below

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Pierre is bored--it's too quiet at his parents' cottage. But not when he visits his neighbors, the painter Rene Magritte and his wife, Georgette. With the Magrittes and their artist friend, Salvador Dali, Pierre walks through strange-looking woods and shares a most unusual dinner of Flying Fish Soup and Partridge Pie. Full color.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Young Pierre finds that weekends in the country outside Paris are a little too dull for his liking. There are no children to play with, and his parents sit ``still as stone.'' But a visit next door soon changes all that, because Pierre is lucky enough to have as neighbors surrealist artist Ren Magritte and his wife, Georgette. On this particular day the Magrittes' friend Salvador Dali is invited to dinner, and an exciting affair it is-flying fish soup and partridge pie (the fish really leap and the birds still fly!). And before dinner, Pierre finds himself occupied with a croquet game (with a limp mallet) and a dash through the rain (cats and dogs tumble from the sky). Garland's droll text (``Did you dilly, Dali?'') is complemented by Magritte-style oil paintings filled, appropriately, with surrealist images: Magritte's bowler hats, Dali's melted clocks, etc. A useful note sets Magritte and Dali (and Garland) in context. Paying tribute to the magic of surrealist art and to the ever-active imagination, this work is eerie, fun and inspiring. Ages 6-9. (May)
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Pierre, a bored Parisian boy on country holiday, visits his neighbors, the Magrittes. Rene Magritte and an enormous eye meet Pierre at the door and right away boy and readers know they're in for a treat. Magritte, observing an egg and painting a bird, tells Pierre, "I like to paint what I think. I paint what I dream. So when people look at my paintings, they can see what's in my mind." Dali arrives and mundane activities are further enlivened by the Surreal artists and the illustrative genius of Michael Garland. The book is a romp in the land of Magic Realism where the wit of Magritte, Dali and Garland merge with a sense of play that will send you running for an art history book so you can share the jokes with your children. Garland balances his uncommon illustrations with historical truths, a satisfying story, and a young hero who is easily won-over to imaginative seeing.
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
This book offers good fun with the concept of surrealism. Young Pierre, having no playmates, pays a visit to the Magritte neighbors. Salvador Dalf fortuitously pops by for a stroll through the forest before it begins raining cats and dogs. Literalness of ideas mixes with classic surreal canvases in Pierre's unforgettable day. Garland's illustrations grasp the feeling and playfulness of both painters, showing without lecturing.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Pierre, a curious French youngster, relieves the boredom of a weekend in the country with his stodgy parents by visiting the couple next door, Ren and Georgette Magritte. And guess who happens to drop in for dinner? Salvador Dali. The text is brief and without character. In keeping with the spirit of surrealism, the events of the day are mundane-a walk in the woods, a croquet game, charades, etc.-while the way the happenings are depicted is anything but ordinary. The full-page oil paintings that tell the visual tale are based on the work of the 20th-century Belgian artist who sets the tone when he tells his young friend, ``Anyone can try to paint what they see. I like to paint what I think. I paint what I dream.'' Thus, the fun is in searching out and puzzling over the odd bits or laughing at the literal representation of ``it started to rain cats and dogs.'' The illustrations are true to the spirit of the originals and are a soft-sell approach to art appreciation.-Kenneth Marantz, Art Education Department, Ohio State University, Columbus

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525453369
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/28/1995
Series:
Young Readers' History of the Civil War Series
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.63(w) x 10.83(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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