Laundry Day by Maurie J. Manning
In a picture book that blends realism and fantasy, a shoeshine boy is surprised when a
piece of red silk falls from the sky. Trying to find its owner, he ventures up and down
fire escapes, back and forth across clotheslines, and into the company of the colorfully
diverse people who live in the tenement. Lively pages laid out in multiple panels, with
a few words of text in dialogue balloons, capture the exhilarating action, and foreign language phrases are translated on the endpapers. There is a cheerful side to a neighborhood
packed with people of different origins—the opportunity to make friends
across race lines, culture lines, and clotheslines!
Maritte’s Marvelous Hat
by D.B. Johnson
The book Magritte’s Marvelous Hat is a fun book visually. The author D.B. Johnson uses a surrealist approach to his art work in the book. That is because the book is inspired by the surrealist artist Ren’e Magritte. The story is simple but fun to follow and your child will love looking at the illustrations and finding many everyday things used in different and surprising ways. At the end of the book the author writes a note about his inspiration for the book. D.B. Johnson names different artists and writers that are surrealists.
If you want to look up any of the artist and their work make sure you preview the work before sharing the beautiful paintings with your preschooler.
~ Tracey DeShazo
Artist Ren’e Magritte