- Publication Date: October 11, 2016
- Imprint: Museum of Modern Art, New York
- Trim Size: 9 1⁄4 x 11 3⁄4
- ISBN: 9781633450165
- Page Count: 40
- Rights: North America
A man named René floats through the world of his dreams and imagination, fulfilling his desire to become a painter—of apples and hats, apple hats, apple-these and apple-thats. In his paintings, leaves are lips, baguettes are noses, the right side is never up, and the upside is never down. Award-winning author Klaas Verplancke mashes everyday objects and words together in ways that are guaranteed to make kids laugh and think. René Magritte (Belgian, 1898–1967), one of the world’s most beloved artists, created whimsical, subversive paintings that helped launch the popularity of surrealism. His works combined words and images in novel, thought-provoking ways, and used humor and ordinary subjects to inspire viewers to question the world around them.
"With clever illustrations full of hints of the famed surrealist’s paintings, Verplancke offers an approachable, kid-friendly take on Magritte’s groundbreaking art style."Booklist Online —
**STARRED REVIEW**Kirkus —
"Magritte's brand of surrealism is inherently intriguing to children; Belgian artist Verplancke builds on that interest, inventing a playful narrative that explores his compatriot's subjects and style while showcasing his own formidable talent."
“The best children’s books also get adults thinking and, as an introduction to philosophy and the nature of language, this one certainly does.”Royal Academy of Arts, London's Best Art Books for Kids 2016 —
About the author
Klaas Verplancke is a Belgian author, illustrator, and professor of illustration. His books have won multiple awards and his illustrations have been published in the New York Times, as well as in dozens of magazines and newspapers throughout Europe. He lives in Brussels.