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Apr 12, 2021
"Brush of the Gods" tells the extraordinary story of the legend of the master painter Wu Daozi. It starts when he was a child, struggling to learn calligraphy, and ends with him becoming a master painter. I'm still not sure if he ever properly learned how to write words, but it doesn't matter. His pictures of horses, camels, butterflies, great scenery, and holy figures is enough to earn him recognition from the Emperor himself. The images and the way the drawings are done in this book is fantastic. It is understandable for children in a cartoonish way, but still follows more traditionally as ancient and historic Chinese art in a way that everyone can appreciate it. The book has a beginning, middle, and an ending which I don't see a lot in picture books. I was engaged during the entire story. It's a great look into ancient Chinese culture, and has a mixture of magic, fantasy, and realism.