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The Magical Life of Mr. Renny

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Mr. Renny's paintings are so good that they almost appear real. But no one seems to pay them any attention-until a strange man offers to make everything that Mr. Renny paints come to life. First there's the painting of the apple, which Mr. Renny can now eat. Then there's a huge hotdog, a new car, a cruise liner...Mr. Renny paints himself a life of luxury-until his friend Rose comes to ask if she can buy one of his paintings. But he doesn't have any real paintings left! The spell must be broken-and soon! A book containing subtle references to the work of Belgian surrealist Ren Magritte, the illustrations are full of clever and amusing details.
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Leo Timmers was born in 1970, in Belgium. At the age of 12 he started to draw comics. Trained in Graphic Design, he illustrates for Belgian magazines and papers as well as illustrating picture books. He is the author/illustrator of Who's Driving? (Gecko Press).


Is it an apple? Or is it a painting of an apple? Belgian artist Timmers (Crow) pays tribute to Belgian artist Rene Magritte in a vibrant, highly entertaining inquiry into the difference between what's real and what merely looks real. Mr. Renny, a dog who sells his paintings at the market, is offered a shot at endless wealth by a bowler-hatted stranger who makes Mr. Renny's paintings turn instantly into the real thing. Tempted like King Midas, Mr. Renny paints desirable objects as fast as he can-a small, two-tone car, a four-tier cake, a dirigible. Then his old friend Rose discovers he's sold out: "So you're no longer a painter?" she sniffs. "What a pity, Mr. Renny. In that case, I'll be on my way." Is Mr. Renny a real artist? Or has he become someone who only looks like an artist? The translation is solid, the pacing is brisk, but it's Timmers's arch spreads that take the cake-Mr. Renny creates a delirious orgy of desire, from giant waffles to a supersize Cadillac Coupe de Ville and an ocean liner. Ages 4-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

PreS-Gr 2-Mr. Renny, a pup, is a painter, and a very realistic one at that. Everything he creates looks exactly like what it is. One day when none of his works is selling, he wishes out loud that he could eat his painting of an apple. Maybe then he wouldn't be so hungry. In a flash a man appears and grants him his wish. From then on, all of Mr. Renny's subjects immediately come to life. He goes crazy painting pictures of anything and everything he can think of that he might want: dessert, a car, a boat, an airplane, and so on. But when his rabbit friend, Rose, asks him to paint something for her, he realizes that he can no longer create art for art's sake, and he paints a portrait of the man who granted his first wish. As expected, he appears, and Mr. Renny asks him to undo that wish and let him be a real painter again. And with a snap of the man's fingers, Mr. Renny is just that. This is a well-told tale with vibrant, eye-catching, colorful illustrations that will engage readers. The story will engender some wonderful discussion about instant gratification versus working at something you really love. This deceptively simple book will have a lot of classroom uses.-Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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