Mr. Quickstep, accompanied by his dog Foxtrot, is looking for the future. On the way, they meet up with Coppernickel and his dog Tungsten. Coppernickel says there's no need to look for the future, as it will arrive anyway. Mr. Quickstep disagrees, for the future he's after hasn't even been thought of yet.Read more...
Mr. Quickstep, accompanied by his dog Foxtrot, is looking for the future. On the way, they meet up with Coppernickel and his dog Tungsten. Coppernickel says there's no need to look for the future, as it will arrive anyway. Mr. Quickstep disagrees, for the future he's after hasn't even been thought of yet. Left behind, Coppernickel worries that he will miss out if he doesn't follow Mr. Quickstep, so he sets off with Tungsten. Naturally, Coppernickel and Mr. Quickstep bump into each other again, which allows Mr.Quickstep to fling open the door to the future by showing Coppernickel his last, most modern work. What stands out here is how Mr. Quickstep's attempt to find an abstract essence in the very stuff of reality is woven right into the illustrations of this graphically distinguished work, giving children the sense that the future is theirs to create as they see it. Dreams can become reality and in the process we too will be transformed.
Wouter van Reek went to art school, which was too easy, so he changed to mathematics, which was too hard, so he changed back to art. After art school, he created an animated cartoon series for TV, introducing Keepvogel (Coppernickel) and Tungsten, a super bird/dog team. Wouter has created numerous animations and books about these famous and beloved Dutch characters.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-04-02
- Reviewer: Staff
Mondrian’s geometric canvasses are part of our visual landscape now, but Dutch artist van Reek attempts to imagine the process by which they came to be. He doesn’t tell the story of the artist’s move toward modernism with words; instead, he portrays the transformation of Mondrian’s sight and perceptions entirely through the artwork. Tall, yellow-beaked Mr. Quickstep (Mondrian’s stand-in) and his dog, Foxtrot, set out on a journey (“I’m looking for the new”), followed by their neighbor Coppernickel and his dog, Tungsten (last seen in 2008’s Coppernickel: The Invention). As they leave the flat Dutch countryside and venture into the city, the elements of city life grow squarer, and Mondrian’s signature palette of primary colors comes to the fore. Nothing is exempt from the squarification of the future: the curvy letters of city signs become angular, and subway map posters look like grids. Even the notes that come out of Mr. Quickstep’s record player are tiny red, blue, and yellow squares: “It’s the very latest, coolest, most swinging new sound around!” Van Reek’s gentle progression toward abstraction is a striking visual record of a new way of seeing. Ages 5–8. (May)