Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude by Jonah Winter

Illustrated by Calef Brown.

Abstract: In a story inspired by the modern and groundbreaking writing of Gertrude Stein herself, not alot makes sense. Enter the whimsical world of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. Illustrations rendered in acrylic.

Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2009.


Genie Bishop said...

I am not familiar with the author or the illustrator of "Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude..." and I was very lost with the story line and the illustrations until I read the last page of the book. I had even looked at both book flaps and didn't get it. I sure wish the last page had been the first page of the book. Well, after looking at the illustration 3 or 4 times I have to say they do add a lot to the story. Do I find them appealing, no. I have to be honest, I don't like modern art and these illustrations are definitely in that class.

Rach said...

I LOVED this book! It was one that had randomly caught my attention from the picture book shelves before I even knew it was on our Mock Caldecott blog. Of course, it helps to at least have an interest in the works of Gertrude Stein, but I don't think it's necessary. The odd, dreamy illustrations and singsong story conjure up visions of artists and other unique personalities at a zany tea party, great inspiration for minds who are exploring modern art.

kim said...

I loved this book - the text is so original and charming! The illustrations and the type font are a perfect marriage to the 'story'. I think it is a beautiful introduction for children (and adults) to the world of artistic creativity. I cannot wait to read this book aloud!