This week, Knopf Books for Young Readers released The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art by Barb Rosenstock, and illustrated by Mary GrandPre. This book about Vasily Kandinsky and his synesthesia has received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Kirkus, and School Library Journal. GrandPre’s illustrations are muted and subdued when Kandinsky was a proper young boy, but they come alive with color after his exploration into art begins after receiving a paint box from an aunt. (You’ll recognize GrandPre’s illustrative style from the Harry Potter books.)
An entertaining book for children ages 4 to 8, it is also educational and touches on the subjects and themes of art, history, color, music, and following one’s dreams.
If you tweet about it, here’s Barb Rosenstock’s Twitter handle: @barbrosenstock. And when handselling, think of artists, teachers and parents, but especially of grandparents… and aunts who give paint boxes.