Guasco, Riccardo

What a Masterpiece!

(2) K-3 You'll catch on to the conceit fairly quickly: each page contains an homage to a work of art (see back matter) by one or another great European modern (mostly, and in almost all cases, male) master. Without fuss and with smooth visual integration, van Gogh's The Starry Night invades a bedroom, an alarm is triggered by a (melting) clock à la Dalí. When on the next spread you see a sleepy-eyed boy stalked by a tall ­Giacometti shadow into a bathroom featuring Duchamp's Fountain, you catch on to the particular brilliance of this wordless book: there's going to be a story. To be sure, the story's main job is to get us from one spread to the next (and even across Abbey Road!), each one luscious with color and sleekly airbrushed, but we do become invested in where our young hero is headed. The ending is inspirational if oblique, but the journey there is a trip.


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