The Great Wave: A Children's Book Inspired by Hokusai Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2016-04-23 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 8 user ratings

"Hokusai's "Great Wave" is as recognizable as the Mona Lisa - one of the true treasures of world art. It's inspired many artists in many ways, including this charming children's fable.

There's not a lot to the story, a boy found by a childless couple, under mysterious, perhaps magical circumstances. Given such a versatile start, I was surprised that the writer did so little with the characters and story line. The artwork redeems this book, though. Its style stays close to the woodcut tradition, and gives a strong impression of Edo-era Japan. The modern look melds well, though, keeping it from being mere imitation. Dragons and fish from Eastern myth help out, too. In the end, though, lack of drama leaves this nothing more than pleasant. (I mean, even The Cat in the Hat has more in the way of conflict, crisis, and resolution.)

If you can find it as reasonable price, it could be an enjoyable one - as well as a read-to-me kid's intro to famous imagery. I can't call it a must-have for any collection, though.

-- wiredweird
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"I purchased this book for my Montessori 3-6 classroom as part of our Asian art studies. I made matching cards of his work and art activities where the students used water colors to paint their own version of several of his famous paintings. By the time the book arrived, the students had learned to recognize both this art piece and his style of painting in general. They greatly enjoyed looking at the vibrant art work and following the story line. This book is a wonderful addition to Asian studies for children from through three through upper elementary grades." said.

"Used it in my elementary art lesson on Hokusai. Includes aspects of Japanese culture in story format." said.

"I bought this to use with a painting project for my elementary art class. The illustration is beautiful. My 5th graders loved the book!" said.

"The art on the cover of this book is beautiful. Don't let that deceive you. Inside, there is only one other page that is equally as beautiful.
The other pages are illustrated to tell a story that has a very weak plot. Additiionally, the main character is a small boy who wears very little clothing, which may drawn unwanted attention and distract from the beauty of the waves.
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"Love this book and its illustrations. Our family is very fond the the famous painting so the story compliments it." said.

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