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Peter H. Reynolds is a New York Times best-selling illustrator who has created many acclaimed books for children. In addition to his Creatrilogy -- The Dot, Ish, and Sky Color -- he is the author-illustrator of Rose's Garden, The North Star, and So Few of Me and the illustrator of Megan McDonald's Judy Moody and Stink series. Born in Canada, Peter H. Reynolds now lives in Dedham, Massachusetts.

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K-Gr 5-Ramon loves to draw: "Anytime," like the middle of the night; "Anywhere" including on the toilet; and "Anything"-even smelly trash cans. When his older brother laughs at his efforts, he becomes self-conscious and frustrated. Months later he is still haunted by Leon's cruel jeers, ready to give up. Then his little sister Marisol snatches one of his crumpled pictures and runs off to her room. The angry artist chases her but is speechless when he enters her sanctuary-a gallery of his discarded artwork. As she admires her latest acquisition, Ramon confides that it "was supposed to be a vase of flowers, but it doesn't look like one." She ponders the work and maintains that it is "vase-ISH." This new perspective leaves him "light and energized;" his ideas "flow freely" and he draws everything he sees and feels. "His ish art [even] inspired ish writing." And, in the end, he lives "ishfully ever after." This animated version of Peter H. Reynolds's book (Candlewick, 2004) is sure to inspire and empower young artists of all abilities to make their own "ish" drawings and poems. The simple cartoon illustrations, rendered in watercolor, ink, and tea, effectively capture the characters' feelings with humor and sensitivity. Bursts of color and light and cool jazz music reflect Ramon's mood throughout the story. Viewers can also watch the film with subtitles, though the white letters, outlined in pink are somewhat difficult to read. Libraries will want to purchase this delightful offering to support the art curriculum.-Barbara Auerbach, New York City Public Schools Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

ISH . . . encourages readers to see the world anew.
--School Library Journal, starred review

Reynold's minimalist pen-and-ink illustrations feature subtle washes of watercolor and ample splashes of emotion and humor. A tidy lesson in the importance of thinking -- or drawing -- outside the box and believing in one's own abilities despite others' reactions.
--Publishers Weekly The overriding theme about creativity versus exactitude will resonate with many. The line-and-clor artwork is simple, but it has great emotion and warmth. Kids will resond to that, too.
--Booklist A lovely tale. . . . Told in spare prose with Reynolds' signature line drawings in watercolor, ink, and tea, ISH will encourage other little artists.
--Kirkus Reviews Certain to bolster self-esteem and encourage children to follow their creative impulses.
--Scholastic Parent & Child Adults as well as children will want to linger over the pages.
--Houston Chronicle

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