When books include a dash of meta-anything, the result is so often thought provoking, and in this case, just plain fun. This simple book will leave you pondering the creation of art while your children will be lost in the playful and fantastically rendered pictures. Healy summarizes,
When Art the iguana asks Max the lizard to paint him, Max takes the request literally, covering his friend in artistic styles from Seurat-like pointillism to the line drawing. It's fast-paced slapstick but also a celebration of art itself.Another book Healy recommends is The Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood (and we'd add in the sequel The Loud Book).
One family we know who read the book months back is still entertaining themselves thinking of their own kinds of quiet.
Additional titles from the article include Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce; City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems (illustrated by John Muth -- an amazing combination); Spoon by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Scott Magoon; Supposing... by Alastair Reid; The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz; and The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger.