Nonfiction Monday is hosted today by Shelf-employed.My selection is "Magic trash : a story of Tyree Guyton and his art" written by J.H. Shapiro and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton.
Shapiro's picture book biography tells the colorful story of The Heidelberg Project, Tyree Guyton's modern art redemption of his dilapidated neighborhood. As a child -- Guyton was introduced to art by his grandpa Sam. As an adult -- Guyton returned home to discover a neighborhood of abandoned houses, litter, and crime -- and set out to make a difference. He transformed his community with paint and turned trash into treasures that decorated porches, walls, yards, and streets.Shapiro's engaging narrative is interspersed with short sing-song rhymes that celebrate Guyton's energy and delight in art.
Brantley-Newton's illustrations echo Guyton's style through her mixed-media use of collage.