Eleven-year-old Bartholomew Borax III can’t go to school, play outside or worst of all, make art… so he sketches in secret. After he meets the skateboarding painter, Alexander DeVinci, they’re yanked into another realm by a magical painting.
Their own world is nothing in comparison to Artania: a world with living paintings and sculptures. But Artania is on the verge of destruction, and Bartholomew’s art is the only thing that can save it.
With Egyptian gods and goddesses at his side, Bartholomew braves battles, duels and skateboarding escapes. With his growing powers, Bartholomew is the only one who can defeat the evil Sickhert’s army and bring art back to the world.
Artania by Laurie Woodward is a world of fantasy and adventure. The main themes include art, being oneself, and bullying. A young boy loses his grandfather. The only one who understood his art. Then, he and his mom are forced to move. There, his journey begins. Meeting another boy, Alexander, they are soon taken from one realm into another. Challenges, friendship, and exploring art made this an interesting book. I loved how Laurie Woodward combined themes and yet made it feel so real. The connection to the characters were easy. Their stories held my attention from the start. Loss, hope, and belief play an important role for these two boys. Overall, I recommend this story to all.