"ART" by Marin is a whimsical and enchanting tale that takes readers on a journey into the world of an autistic and artistic circus virtuoso named Art and his loyal companion, a magical teddy bear. Set in the vibrant and mystical crossroads of One Thousand and One Kingdoms, the story unfolds through captivating illustrations, portraying a unique narrative without the use of words.
As a janitor in the circus, the protagonist, Art, remains a mysterious figure, expressing himself solely through music and art. Despite being nonverbal, his artistic abilities and performances in the three-ring show have earned him the adoration of the audience. However, it is his deep connection with an old plush teddy bear that truly sets him apart. Art firmly believes in the bear's magic, and together, they perform gravity-defying acts that leave the royalty of One Thousand and One Kingdoms awestruck.
The turning point of the story arrives during the duo's final show before the royalty. In an inexplicable twist, Art and the teddy bear vanish into thin air, leaving behind only a battered old suitcase containing Art's mesmerizing illustrations and a powerful message engraved on the folder: "DO WHAT YOU U DREAM." The final image of Art and the teddy bear flying away into the sky is reminiscent of a painting seen in an earlier illustration, sparking wonder and speculation in the reader's mind.
From then on, the book is a visual feast of stunning illustrations, showcasing Art's jester-like appearance with a wheel for a foot and their impressive circus performances. Balancing balls, sword swallowing, defying fire, and even soaring through the air, Art and the teddy bear captivate the audience with their extraordinary acts. The seamless blend of Art's talents and the bear's magical presence leaves readers questioning the boundaries between reality and imagination.
The absence of written words in the latter part of the book invites readers to interpret the story in their own unique way, allowing imagination to take flight. The recurring painting of Art and the teddy bear flying away raises the question of whether the entire journey was a dream or an extension of Art's vivid imagination.
"ART" is a beautifully illustrated and thought-provoking tale that celebrates the power of art, imagination, and friendship. Marin's skillful storytelling through illustrations tugs at the heartstrings and lingers in the mind, leaving readers with a sense of wonder and a longing to embark on their own artistic journeys. This book is a delightful addition to any reader's collection and a testament to the magic that lies within each individual's dreams and creativity.
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