There is a world behind the canvas. Past the paint of the canvas is a realm where art lives, breathes, creates, destroys.
Claudia Miravista loves art but only sees what is on the surface, until the Dutch boy Pim appears in her painting. Pim has been trapped in the world behind the canvas for centuries by a power-hungry witch, and now believes that Claudia is his only hope for escape. Fueled by the help of an ancient artist and some microwaveable magic, Claudia enters the wondrous and terrifying world, intent on destroying the witch's most cherished possession and setting Pim free. But in that world nothing is quite as it appears on the surface. Not even friendship.
WOW.. what a fascinating read. I started the book with a great deal of trepidation but soon found myself drawn into the world of Claudia, Pim, Nee Gezicht, the three Dutchman, Cash and the world behind the canvas.
It was so interesting watching Claudia have to sort her way through different challenges, to see her heart be challenged, and to learn to think past her fear.
I will have no problem letting my 10 year old this book and tend to think that most youth will have no problems reading this story and learning along with Claudia. It very much is an exciting fast moving story.
One of the features I enjoyed (and if I had known about it before I read the book I would have handled the book differently). Throughout the book, various famous artists are named and short vignettes are written about them. I could see reading this book chapter by chapter and then doing a short artist study with my student.. whenever one of those vignettes presented itself. It was a neat addition to the story.
Received: Softcover Book
Title: Behind the Canvas
Author: Alexander Vance
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Reviewed for: Raincoast Books