Reviews of Vincent, Theo and the Fox

A gorgeous and creative book. Author has chosen the van Gogh images well, and has done an excellent job of creating an engaging narrative weaving them all together very naturally and tied into the boys and the fox. Author does an excellent job of using sensory details throughout to bring the story to life…I especially like the use of sound throughout, which is engaging for young readers. Dialog is right on par with young reader level, kept simple but advancing the plot nicely in a way that gets the young reader thinking. The book rounds back to a nice ‘what should I be?’ heart and lessons mentioned at the start for a wonderful structure and progression.”— Judge, 24th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards 

“…a charming, unique way to introduce youngsters to great art while providing an important message.”— Kirkus Reviews

“…the colorful paintings jump off the pages and will give you a lot to think about….Macaluso includes information on each of the paintings in the book….[He] wants to share the beauty of the art world with all kids. And even if they don’t admit it right away, it’s cool. Very cool.” — Marylou Tousignant, The Washington Post, KidsPost, print edition, May 28, 2014

It’s a compelling and suspenseful story that has a wonderful ending…It makes van Gogh’s paintings even more memorable…This is the first book I’ve read where the illustrations are storied instead of the story being illustrated. It’s a fun twist! It’s also one of the few stories where the illustrations are presented from a first-person perspective….It adds a depth of imagination that I’m not used to in picture books. I can’t think of any other picture book doing this — it’s wonderful!”
–The Picture Book Review (

“National Gallery visit inspires Vincent van Gogh kids book.” Read the review online here. KidsPost tied the review of Vincent, Theo and the Fox to a contest for kids to create a story based on other classic paintings!


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