The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau

The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau

by Jon Agee


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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.

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ISBN-13: 9780374435820
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication date: 12/01/1990
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 7.95(w) x 10.05(h) x 0.11(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About 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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destinymbruner on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Felix Clousseau wins an art contest after his painting mysteriously quacks. He becomes famous and continues to paint and each of his paintings come to life and cause chaos around the town. This was a very fun book that could be used to introduce art lessons.
mdrumgold on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Did Felix Clousseau's painting really quack? Yes, it did, and because of this he became famous real fast. But unfourtunetly he was was arrested becuse of he problems his painting caused. How will his one special painting save the day?
hvachetta on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A French artist named Felix Clousseau creates magical paintings that can come out of their frames. The story is interesting and slightly strange, and the art matches the style well. This book can get elementary school children interested in art and culture.
mrcmyoung on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nobody in Paris's Grand Contest of Art takes Felix Clousseau's painting of a duck seriously, until the duck quacks and walks out of the canvas. Suddenly Clousseau is a sensation, and all of the well-to-do are snapping up his paintings before they realize that they are getting much more than they bargained for. Paris is turned upside down in this whimsical, surrealist tale. One minute you're in, the next you're out, only to find yourself back in again.
CMBLA More than 1 year ago
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.