I've reviewed several books about Parisian artists, but here's one about how seeing art in Paris can be inspiring.
In Scott Magoon's Hugo & Miles in I've Painted Everything!, Hugo the elephant has painted everything in his home town. Everything. What's left to paint? Fortunately, friend Miles has the perfect suggestion: why not take a trip to Paris for inspiration? (I can't think of a better idea myself, frankly.) After seeing the city, lots of art and dabbling in cheesy puns (Hugo-mongous, Hu-glow, Van Hugo... you get the idea), Hugo is inspired. He rushes home to Cornville (after reading the puns, this name is painfully appropriate.), where he can "paint everything all over again, only differently." Now that he can paint everything from various angles, in various color media, in various sizes... he'll never run out of ideas.
If you are looking for a children's book about artistic expression Hugo & Miles in I've Painted Everything! is pretty good fun. It presents the ideas in an entertaining and accessible format without becoming remotely esoteric. Hugo and Miles journey around the city looking for inspiration will be familiar to many of us looking for artistic genius to strike. If only we could all go to Paris to do so.
Thanks to Brimful Curiosities for suggesting this book.
Read a thorough review that lets you in on many of the book's jokes at Jen Robinson's Book Page.
Visit the author's website.
Big Kid says: Let's do some drawing, now.