Picture Book Review: Mr. Flux by Kyo Maclear and Matte Stephens (Illustrations)


Mr. Flux by Kyo Maclear and Matte Stephens (Illustrations)

Age Range: 3 – 7 years
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Kids Can Press (April 1, 2013)
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Rating: 4 of 5 stars


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.

About the Author:

Kyo Maclear is a children’s
author, novelist and essayist. She was born in London, England and moved
to Toronto at the age of four with her father (a foreign correspondent
and documentary filmmaker) and mother (a painter and art dealer).

is the author of two critically acclaimed children’s books, Spork
(2010) and Virginia Wolf (2012), both illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault
and published with Kids Can Press. Her latest picture book, Mr. Flux, is
illustrated by Matte Stephens and will be published in April 2013.

Her debut novel, The Letter Opener (HarperCollins), was a finalist for the 2007 Amazon.ca/Books
in Canada First Novel Award and in 2009, she was awarded the K.M.
Hunter Artist Award in Literature. Her second novel, Stray Love (2012)
is published by HarperCollins Canada and by Picador/Pan Macmillan
Australia under the title A Thousand Tiny Truths.

Her essays and art criticism have been widely published and anthologized in North America, Europe and Asia/Australia.

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About the Artist:

I’m a 38 year old painter that lives in Peterborough NH. .I love Mid 20th century industrial and graphic design like the work of Charles and Ray Eames ,Alexander Girard, George Nelson/Irving Harper and fine artists of the same era like Ben Shahn and Paul Klee.

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My Thoughts:

I love the pictures in this book. They give a unique feel to the book
that I really like.  The story is an interesting concept. It’s a
whimsical tale of a boy (and a neighborhood) that learns to embrace change.  The message that
change can be a good thing is delivered in a fun and entertaining way
that children will enjoy.

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