Rembrandt Takes a Walk

Mark Strand, Author, Red Grooms, Author, Red Grooms, Illustrator Clarkson N Potter Publishers $14.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-517-56293-2
This elegantly illustrated book is a marvelous place through which to take a leisurely visual walk. Of lesser interest is Strand's story of Tommy, a boy who visits his art collector uncle and discovers a magical ability to make Old Masters come to life. Tommy eats some apples from a Cezanne and a juicy Zurbaran orange or two. Then he frees Rembrandt from a late self-portrait and the two stroll through town, the artist sketching away with zeal. Unfortunately, the text is a bit precious and at times goes beyond the sophistication of young children. An example is an episode in which Rembrandt exclaims, ""What flesh!'' as he excitedly draws a portrait of a housewife in her yard, and is mistaken for a dirty old man. Thankfully, Grooms's strikingly original pictures, the artist's first for children, minimize the intrusion of the text. (4-7)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1987
Release date: 00/00/0000
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