From The Horn Book, starred review:
Neatly conceived and wittily executed.
From The Chicago Tribune:
A Caldecott-winning author and illustrator offers a master class in art appreciation with this inspired imagining of the creation of a great painting.
From School Library Journal:
In reproducing the artist’s dream, Gerstein evokes the same surrealistic nature of the painting, but his pesky animals lighten the tone. . . . This title offers children a story and information about an important Western artist and his work.
From Publisher's Weekly
Gerstein interprets Rousseau’s painting style both faithfully and freely, and his story suggests that there’s nothing inevitable about the famous works of art we think we know.