cover image The Jellybeans and the Big Art Adventure

The Jellybeans and the Big Art Adventure

Laura Numeroff and Nate Evans, illus. by Lynn Munsinger. Abrams, $16.95 (32p) ISBN 978-1-4197-0171-9

Cooperation and a minor case of artist’s block are at the center of the fourth picture book starring these animal friends, which highlights artistically talented pig Bitsy (the four friends are primarily defined by their interests, and the previous books had dance, soccer, and reading themes). When the Jellybeans are asked to paint a mural on the wall of a candy shop, a trip to the art museum lends inspiration (and allows Munsinger to work in some clever visual references to Degas and Rodin). Bitsy has a moment of self-doubt, but quickly conquers it with her friends’ support. The writers avoid any real tension, and focus on this foursome’s drama-free, jellybean-sweet friendship. Ages 3–7. (Mar.)