Published in Reading Time November 2012
Mr Renny’s paintings looked real, but nobody wanted to buy them. He had no money, and longed to eat his painting of an apple. One day, a stranger gave him the ability to make his paintings come to life. He painted everything he had ever wanted – a hotdog, dessert, a mansion and more. He painted everything he had ever dreamed of, but he didn’t enjoy his creations. All that he could think of was what to paint next. It wasn’t until someone came along wanting to buy a painting, that he realised what he really wanted ... to be a painter.
This book is beautiful, funny, quirky and thought provoking. The large size gives it the feel of a special book. The painted illustrations are bright and original, with amusing details on every page. The story has a heart warming ending, and we realise, without needing to be told, that life consists of more than our possessions. For age 5 to 93.