Noonie's Masterpieceby Lisa Railsback, Sarajo Frieden (Illustrator)
Fantastic illustrations with a fresh, contemporary look enrich this debut novel about a 10-year-old aspiring artist stuck living with an aunt, uncle, and cousin who clearly don't recognize her genius. A humorous and heartfelt reminder that "a brilliant artist is never afraid," this book reveals that sometimes our greatest masterpieces are the bonds we unexpectedly
Fantastic illustrations with a fresh, contemporary look enrich this debut novel about a 10-year-old aspiring artist stuck living with an aunt, uncle, and cousin who clearly don't recognize her genius. A humorous and heartfelt reminder that "a brilliant artist is never afraid," this book reveals that sometimes our greatest masterpieces are the bonds we unexpectedly forge with the people in our lives.
Noonie['s]...pain and vulnerability are as evident as her belief in herself as an artist, and by the end of the story, she'll have readers in her corner.
With the help of Ms. Lilly, the eye-opening results of an art contest, and a humorous pep talk by Van Gogh and other masters, Noonie comes to accept both her eccentricity and her loving, if not ideal, family. Readers with similar worries may find this a rewarding, if not masterful, pep talk as well.
Filled with the self-absorption and longing that is a hallmark of her age, Noonie's rambling, heartfelt story will appeal to young artists who are, like Noonie, trying to find where they belong in their world or just their family.
"Fast, funny, and filled with Noonie's wild art."
Meet the Author
Lisa Railsback was a Jerome Fellow at the Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis and a Michener Fellow in Writing at the University of Texas at Austin. Her plays have been performed across the United States. Noonie's Masterpiece was originally a play. She lives in Austin, Texas.
Sarajo Frieden is an illustrator and fine artist whose work has been exhibited in galleries all over the world. Her work appears frequently in magazines and art venues, and her clients range from the New Yorker to UNICEF. Visit her Web site at sarajofrieden.com.
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I love this book because I love art, artists, and drawing. I really like the main character Noonie. I also like Rino her best friend and her art teacher Miss Lilly. I like how Noonie goes through periods like her blue period and then her purple period. What I learned from this book is to believe in yourself. I want the author to make a sequel or series for this book. I'd like to hear about the rest of Noonie's life. I am 9 years old and in 3rd grade. I recommend it for other kids that like art.
This book is wonderful. A must read.
Noonie is sure that she will someday be a famous artist. She knows many well-known artists go through periods where they focus on color, and she herself has been through a blue period. This came after her mom died while she was in kindergarten and her dad's job as an archeologist took him to locations around the world while she stayed home with her Aunt Sophie, Uncle Ralph, and her younger cousin Junior. Now Noonie is in her purple period, and she's sure her latest efforts will make her famous. Noonie's Masterpiece by Lisa Railsback with art by Sarajo Frieden is a delightful book about what makes a family. Noonie gets into lots of trouble as she dismisses everything in her life except her art. Her creativity is spent trying to coax her dad back home and trying to avoid math. Noonie is always looking through her book of masterpieces, and as she talks about famous artists in recent history, the reader learns about them too. Mother-daughter book clubs with girls aged 9 through 12 could have a lot of fun finding photos of the famous pieces of art Noonie talks about and discussing why they may be considered great. Other topics to discuss include how art fits with more traditional school subjects like math and literature, coping with the loss of a parent, and finding what's special inside each of us.