The Art Collector

Text by Jan Wahl

Published by Charlesbridge - 2011

ISBN: 9781580892704 - Hardcover - 32 pages - 5/8 years - 21,3 x 26,2 cm/8,4 x 10,3 inches

Oscar loves art so much that he goes on to collect art throughout his life. Oscar loves looking at the art Great-Granny creates. But his own drawings never look the way he wants them to. So instead of making art, he decides to collect art. Over the years Oscar's room becomes filled with beautiful paintings and drawings in every style and color. His collection grows and grows and grows until a museum needs to be built to house it all.


Awards & Honors:


- Bank Street College of Education's Best Children's Books of the Year (2012 edition)

- Choose to Read Ohio program


Kirkus Reviews:

"A pure and simple appreciation of art—and of loving it (...) Readers will share Oscar’s enjoyment via Bonnet’s rendition of the pieces themselves, pleasurably variant in content and vibe, and via the calm cheerfulness of her illustrations. In acrylic paint, pencil and collage, she makes Oscar’s world still but alert, visually joyful but never cluttered (...) Art needs fans and collectors as well as creators, and this will encourage some new ones."

Learning Magazine:

"This book helps readers see art in a new way"

Publisher's Weekly:

"In addition to the overarching theme about art appreciation, the book champions the idea that children may turn to serious work early in their lives."


"The quiet, simple text makes Oscar's passion for collecting pictures as understandable as another boy's love of baseball cards or action figures. Created with acrylic paint, pencil, and collage, the precisely drawn illustrations create pleasing views of Oscar's world. An unusual, potentially eye-opening picture book." Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal:

"A good choice to pair with a visit to the museum, this picture book will find a use in many collections.' Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI


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