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Kindergarten-Grade 2 Agee's strong solid shapes and sombre coloured drawings contrast with the clever and witty premise of his book. Set in Paris at the turn of the century, it recounts a grand art contest. Traditional academy painters show their grandiose masterpieces: The King on His Throne, The King on Horseback, The King in Armour. Then an unknown artist, Clousseau, shows his small painting of a duck. ``Outrageous" is the response until the duck that he has painted quacks. All over Paris, his works come alive. A boa leaves its painting, black smoke billows from a painted volcano, and water gushes from a waterfall. Needless to say things get out of hand, and poor Clousseau lands in prison. One overlooked painting eventually saves the day. Agee's tongue-in-cheek scenario ends with a final double entendre. The outrageous yet gentle humour is sure to delight parents and children alike. Judith Gloyer, Milwaukee Public Library
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Jon Agee, the author-illustrator-playwright-librettist-palindromist, grew up along the Hudson River in Nyack, New York. As a kid, he created picture books, detective comics, and flip books made out of train ticket stubs. In high school, he spent an inordinate amount of time in the art room. In college, at the Cooper Union in New York City, he studied painting, dabbled in animation, and made an "art" film. Soon after graduating, in 1981, he began getting his first books published. The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau is probably his best known book. His other books, featuring canine professors, forgotten astronauts, and guffawing grumps, are at times quirky, nonsensical, satiric, and always humorous. Their sophisticated wit appeals to kids and adults alike. Somewhere along the line, Jon became obsessed with creating words and phrases that read the same backwards and forwards. The result was his first book of palindromes, Go Hang a Salami! I'm a Lasagna Hog! Its companion volume, So Many Dynamos!, temporarily relieved Jon of his peculiar compulsion. Jon has also written the book and lyrics to two musicals, B.O.T.C.H. and Flies in the Soup, which were performed at the TADA! theater in New York. He would happily continue to pursue this enterprise if he didn't need to eat. In his spare time, Jon does a lot of doodling; or he might write a tongue twister, or an anagram, or a poem. Sometimes he draws a cartoon that gets published in The New Yorker magazine, which pleases him very much.
"Clever and witty...The outrageous yet gentle humor is sure to delight parents and children alike." --School Library Journal "A multilayered spoof aimed at pretensions." --Kirkus Reviews Clever and witty...The outrageous yet gentle humor is sure to delight parents and children alike. "School Library Journal" A multilayered spoof aimed at pretensions. "Kirkus Reviews"" "Clever and witty...The outrageous yet gentle humor is sure to delight parents and children alike." --"School Library Journal" "A multilayered spoof aimed at pretensions." --"Kirkus Reviews"