Augustine

by Watt, MeĢlanie, 1975-

Format: Print Book 2006
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Picture Books j Ea WATT
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Northland Public Library Children's Picture Books J PIC WATT
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Plum Community Library Easy Reader E FIC WAT
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Shaler North Hills Library Juvenile Picture Book j PICT BK WATT
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Summary
Moving all the way from the South Pole to the North Pole isn't easy for the young penguin Augustine. Uprooted from her home, she misses her friends, her grandma and grandpa and her old bedroom. There are all kinds of unfamiliar faces at the North Pole, and everything looks strange and different. When it's time to go to her new school, Augustine gets cold feet. But with the help of a few colored pencils and some inspiration from Picasso, this shy, artistic young penguin discovers a way to break the ice with her classmates and feel at home on the other end of the world.



Augustine's penguinized versions of van Gogh, Munch, Picasso and others are a delightful way to introduce children to art. A clever, charming story told from a penguin's eye view, Augustine illustrates that art is all around us --- and it is a language everyone understands.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Augustine the penguin and her family live in a house at the South Pole. When Father takes a job at the North Pole, they pack up, board a plane, and move to their new home. Though Augustine is nervous about entering a different school and shy about meeting her classmates, everyone is so intrigued by her drawings and paintings that she quickly makes friends. Page layout is unusual, with nine little illustrations in squares on the left-hand pages, and one picture accompanying the text on the right. On each spread, one square shows a famous painting, drawn in Augustine's simplified style and related to something on the facing page. For instance, his rendering of Van Gogh's The Bedroom bears an uncanny resemblance to Augustine's own room, pictured on the right. The paintings are identified on the last page. Watt's distinctive, vividly colored illustrations create eye-catching effects. This book has great classroom potential as a lead-in to famous painters, from Leonardo da Vinci to Andy Warhol. --Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2006 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Readers will hop on board for this polar tale, which also serves as a subtle art history introduction. Artistic Augustine, an adorable, blue fuzz-covered penguin (named after Pierre-Auguste Renoir), must leave the South Pole when her father gets a new job at the North Pole. Her straightforward first-person account of the move reflects her mixed emotions. "I'm going to miss my room.... When it's time to say good-bye, I feel sad." In a format that invites lingering, the left side of each spread contains nine vignettes, separated into box-like panels, relating to the action on the facing page. The center of the grid always features one of Augustine's drawings, a penguin-esque take-off of a famous painting. For example, when Augustine gets "cold feet" about attending a new school, she draws a penguin mimicking Edvard Munch's The Scream. In another spread, portraits of her Arctic classmates frame one that Augustine sketched of her new teacher, a long-eared, coyly smiling rabbit (? la the Mona Lisa). Plays on words frequently punctuate the narrative. For instance, the heroine calls a lonely time on the playground, drawing with only her blue pencil, her "Blue Recess Period." Watt's (Scaredy Squirrel) pencil crayon and acrylic illustrations will likely win over young audiences, while her clever art references may well engage older readers (she lists all the masterpieces from which Augustine draws inspiration at the end). Ages 3-7. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Penguins -- Juvenile fiction.
Moving, Household -- Juvenile fiction.
Art -- Juvenile fiction.
Picture books for children.
Publisher Toronto :Kids Can Press,2006
Language English
Description 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN 1553378857
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