“Spiro’s text is infused with alliteration and punning that adds to the sense of fun, which is extended in colorful, whimsical illustrations. Wickstrom’s playful images portray scenarios both realistic and fantastical and incorporate classic works by famous artists, including Joseph Cornell and Dorothea Lange. …kids will appreciate the lively introduction to art history, as well as the supportive messages about discovering one’s talents and finding a place within one’s own family.”


“Wickstrom illustrates Spiro’s alliterative text with cartoon versions of famous art and artists, and closes with a group portrait of the proud young “artitht” and his smiling family draped in pink goo. Pop art in the most literal sense.”

-Kirkus Reviews

“A great picture book pick for art appreciation, and for appreciating the artist in all of us.”

-Esmé Raji Codell, author of

How to Get Your Child to Love Reading

“…this is what I want to see. Fun picture books that trick you into thinking of even larger concepts and expanding your knowledge - in this case of famous artists and their works. Art is appreciated, celebrated, and extended through this title.”

-Diane Chen,

Practically Paradise/School Library Journal

“My students were completely engaged throughout the story as they listened to the clever writing and studied the fabulous illustrations.”

-Theresa McGhee, The Teaching Palette Art Education Blog

“This book encourages children to think outside the box and find their own talents… a great introduction to the world of art and an enjoyable read for adults.”

-Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“The story is endearing... The words make delicious sounds; the meaning can be unraveled with the help of the illustrations. As they listen to, inspect, and enjoy Lester Fizz, youngsters will wonder why the adult reading aloud is laughing so hard. Maybe they’ll be curious enough to find out, and teachers may want to use the book to introduce modern Western art.”

-School Library Journal

Even people who aren’t related to me have great things to say about

Lester Fizz: