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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Meet Asher who is an artist in the story The Very Hungry Artist by Matt Upholz. Asher takes us through his art gallery to show us his paintings. Asher's parents are very supportive and they help them prepare his supplies every night. Though they don't fully understand his creation process, they watch him work. Both his parents don't seem to recognize his talent. He always asks his parents for opinions on his paintings, and he likes his mother's suggestions. Asher still has to figure out when to find time to eat food and he thinks that's why they are called 'starving' artists.
It is a simple story, real and relatable, and children will be able to connect with Asher. The illustrations bring the story, scenes, and characters alive and make these vivid and tangible for young readers. It is an adorable bedtime storytelling book and can be used for read-aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries. The author captivates readers with his fluidity in expression and delightful illustrations. Asher and his parents are likable and the story also captures family bonding in a good way. Sometimes simplicity in stories and narration can make a book interesting and entertaining and the author does just that through this book; introducing readers to the character of Asher and showing them his interest in art, his bonding with his parents, and how they view his art.