David is a young and restless apprentice painter who wants to know everything about painting. His intelligent teacher, the Master Messina, invents a way of transporting David through time to prehistory. They go there looking for the origins of art, but once they are there nothing will be as they thought.
In a second adventure they travel towards the unknown art of Mesopotamia. This time they won´t go alone. The sympathetic and intelligent Angela will travel to the past with them bringing her particular point of view.
In the fist adventure, where David is learning how to paint, he becomes frustrated at the effort it takes to improve. If only he could understand art better. With both drama and humor, this illustrated journey teaches more than just art.
In the second journey we learn that there can be stow-aways on our imaginary adventures.
Once again we learn some historical implications that affect how and why art is created. We learn that art comes in many forms and for a multitude of reasons.
Even though Master Messina believes this trip is safe enough, there are several heart pounding dangerous moments. There are some difficult vocabulary words and complicated concepts to encourage the readers to continue their educations with other resources. I would recommend this book to middle schoolers and up.
I know that my next visit to a museum will be more enjoyable after reading this book.
Like the adventurous and creative kids in the story, I am encouraged to use what I have learned in my own artwork.
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Author and Illustrator:
María José is a teacher. She won international illustrations awards.
Gonzalo has a degree in art history. He works in museums and as a tourist guide.