The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau

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Overview

An unknown painter becomes an overnight sensation when his paintings imitate life too well by quacking, crawling, and erupting all over Paris.

 

The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau is a 1988 New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of the Year.

A painter becomes famous when his paintings come to life.

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Overview

An unknown painter becomes an overnight sensation when his paintings imitate life too well by quacking, crawling, and erupting all over Paris.

 

The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau is a 1988 New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of the Year.

A painter becomes famous when his paintings come to life.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Clever and witty...The outrageous yet gentle humor is sure to delight parents and children alike." —School Library Journal

"A multilayered spoof aimed at pretensions." —Kirkus Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this droll, sophisticated tale, an unknown artist enters a Paris contest with a painting of a duck; the repercussions are mighty when the painting begins to quack. Ages 3-up. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2 Agee's strong solid shapes and somber colored drawings contrast with the clever and witty premise of his book. Set in Paris at the turn of the century, it recounts a grand art contest. Traditional academy painters show their grandiose masterpieces: The King on His Throne, The King on Horseback, The King in Armor. Then an unknown artist, Clousseau, shows his small painting of a duck. ``Outrageous'' is the response until the duck that he has painted quacks. All over Paris, his works come alive. A boa leaves its painting, black smoke billows from a painted volcano, and water gushes from a waterfall. Needless to say things get out of hand, and poor Clousseau lands in prison. One overlooked painting eventually saves the day. Agee's tongue-in-cheek scenario ends with a final double entendre. The outrageous yet gentle humor is sure to delight parents and children alike. Judith Gloyer, Milwaukee Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374435820
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • Publication date: 12/28/1990
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 718,918
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.97 (w) x 9.92 (h) x 0.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Jon Agee, the author-illustrator-playwright-librettist-palindromist, grew up along the Hudson River in Nyack, New York. As a kid, he created picture books, detective comics, and flip books made out of train ticket stubs. In high school, he spent an inordinate amount of time in the art room. In college, at the Cooper Union in New York City, he studied painting, dabbled in animation, and made an "art" film. Soon after graduating, in 1981, he began getting his first books published.

The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau is probably his best known book. His other books, featuring canine professors, forgotten astronauts, and guffawing grumps, are at times quirky, nonsensical, satiric, and always humorous. Their sophisticated wit appeals to kids and adults alike.

Somewhere along the line, Jon became obsessed with creating words and phrases that read the same backwards and forwards. The result was his first book of palindromes, Go Hang a Salami! I'm a Lasagna Hog! Its companion volume, So Many Dynamos!, temporarily relieved Jon of his peculiar compulsion.

Jon has also written the book and lyrics to two musicals, B.O.T.C.H. and Flies in the Soup, which were performed at the TADA! theater in New York. He would happily continue to pursue this enterprise if he didn't need to eat.

In his spare time, Jon does a lot of doodling; or he might write a tongue twister, or an anagram, or a poem. Sometimes he draws a cartoon that gets published in The New Yorker magazine, which pleases him very much.

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  • Posted March 1, 2013

    Delightful!!

    This is a wild story with a marvelous ending! Funny as can be, and applicable to any situation from politics to the playground. The illustrations are as comical as the story! I loved it, though I had thought it was to be for a small nephew. I'll get another one for him.

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