Mr. Flux – Children’s Book Review

Mr. Flux

written by Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Matte Stephens

This is a great book for the beginning of a NEW YEAR, enjoy.

Author Maclear has written an art lesson for us on “Fluxus”  an art theory based on George Maciunas’ ideas of art expression. Stephens’ illustrations have a fun and entertaining way of having the main characters Martin and Mr. Flux posing in crazy positions such as; standing on a lion or having Martin dangling a carrot from the head of a horse.

Maclear encourages the reader to enjoy life through doing different things, such as painting your house a different colour or wear a different hat.  Maclear gradually transforms the main character Martin and his community into a playful and exciting neighbourhood inspired by Mr. Flux.

Stephens illustrations are of a retro art style from the 60’s.  Martin and Mr. Flux look as though they are cut and paste figures, the flat and floating images look simple but we all know the success of simplicity is experience. Flying shoes, a fish fountain and goofy picture frames make this book a great detective book for kids, by trying to answer the question “but why”?

Stephens illustrations remind me of an artist SHAG, different age category but FUN just the same.

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About artist and illustrator

I'm a textile artist, resourceful and excited about making things. Dog walks with my pooch "Charlie" is inspiring and an opportunity to develop ideas from nature and people whom we meet on our strolls. There is a story behind my art making, it's in the series, I don't make just one but many from the same idea, but! not one will look like the other, each piece of art is "one-of-a-kind".
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