TITLE: Maxfield Parrish, Painter of Make Believe
AUTHOR; Lois V. Harris
PUBLISHER: Pelican Publishing Co., 2011
SNIPPET: Fred's eyes sparkled on his third Christmas when he saw the pictures in his new sketchbook. His father, who was an artist, had filled the pages with drawings of funny animals and elves. Fred copied the pictures and practiced. By age seven, he drew wicked dragons for his friends.
REVIEW: And so begins the magical tale of the man who grew up to illustrate "The Reluctant Dragon," "Old King Cole," and other "timeless" art, including fantasyland picture storybooks, magazine covers, calendars, box art and adult books.
Notably, this beautifully-written book does what all non-fiction books strive to do. It enticed me to become interested in a person that I previously had no awareness of. And, it did it with perfect prose, relevant references, interesting facts, and captivating pictures.
In Maxfield Parrish, Painter of Make-Believe, Lois V. Harris takes on the subject of Maxfield Parrish via a time-line and associated art and successfully paints a clear and concise picture of how a young boy named Fred evolved into a best-selling fabulous artist.
From this moment on, I am a big fan of Maxfield Parrish and his art AND Lois V. Harris and her non-fiction. It is with great anticipation that I now look forward to reading her other books, Mary Cassatt: Impressionist Painter and Charlie Russell: Tale-Telling Cowboy Artist.
REVIEWED BY: Lynne Marie