Mr. Flux

by Maclear, Kyo, 1970-

Format: Print Book 2013
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Martin and his neighbors eschew change until eccentric Mr. Flux moves in and shows them that change can be big or little or even fit inside a box, and not at all scary. A tongue-in-cheek tale loosely inspired by the 1960s art movement known as Fluxus.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In this picture book for those who are dubious about change and who isn't, a little bit, really? Mr. Flux tells the story of Martin, a young boy who lives in a tidy little square house in a quiet and sedate neighborhood. Quiet and sedate, that is, until Mr. Flux arrives, employing a hat as a mailbox, turning a fish into a fountain, and launching a good-natured assault on the status quo. A mysterious box lures Martin to the new arrival's door, and before you can say uh-oh, Martin is playing ping-pong with olives. With an archly raised eyebrow, Maclear (Spork, 2010; Virginia Wolf, 2012) offers an obvious, enjoyable call for silliness, while newcomer Stephens creates scenes of age-appropriate surrealism to match the mood. The book uses Fluxus, a media-blending artistic movement of the 1960s, as an inspiration and tonal springboard. This will sail over most of the young audience, of course, but anchoring the story in an element of art history gives it an added philosophical dimension, nevertheless.--Karp, Jesse Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Mr. Flux, Maclear (Virginia Wolf) explains in a note, is modeled on George Maciunas, who founded the Fluxus art movement in the 1960s. This story's Mr. Flux brings change to a boy named Martin and to Martin's stodgy neighborhood, which has a "fixed number of trees, dogs, cats and cars." The artist stays around just long enough to introduce the idea of playful freedom from routine ("Shall we spin toy rabbits on my record player?") before introducing a bigger change: he moves away, leaving Martin with new perspective and a special gift. Debut illustrator Stephens's elegant retro spreads in milky hues create an atmosphere of urbanity throughout. He models Mr. Flux on a self-portrait of Maciunas wearing a bowler hat and a monocle, and even the houses that are supposed to be monotonous are charming. Maclear does state things a bit flat-footedly in case readers don't get the message ("Change is upsetting," Martin tells Mr. Flux, "and we like things just the way they are"), but it's still a useful, low-key introduction to the liberating impulses of the '60s. Ages 3-7. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Change -- Juvenile fiction.
Fear -- Juvenile fiction.
Humorous stories.
Publisher Toronto, ON ; Tonawanda, NY :Kids Can Press,2013
Other Titles Mister Flux
Contributors Stephens, Matte, 1974- illustrator.
Language English
Description 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 31 cm
ISBN 9781554537815 (bound)
1554537819 (bound)
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