Monday, August 6, 2012

Nonfiction Monday

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.

1 comment:

shelf-employed said...

This sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

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