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Experience a painting from the inside.

Konrad and the Birthday Painting (Artworld) (Volume 1) - Sandra R Andersson

This was a fun read (listen), with just the right balance of adventure, fantasy and moral. It is listed on Amazon as suitable for age 6 to 18, though I doubt most eighteen year-olds would choose it.


Konrad is only 8 years old and keeps getting picked on by Philip and his gang from Grade 5. When he finds himself outside the headmaster's office for being late, a series of events leaves him in possession of a wonderful pair of magic sunglasses. He discovers that these allow him to stare into a painting and manipulate things from afar.

Konrad finds himself on an unexpected adventure as a result of the sunglasses, which also allow him to enter a painting.

The descriptions of life inside a painting were fabulous, complete with brushstrokes and an alternative reality. 

Could these sunglasses allow Konrad to sort out the school bully once and for all?


I enjoyed the narrator, Amy Vance, though she could have put a little more excitement in her voice, given that her target audience is children.


As yet my grandchildren are too young, but I look forward to sharing this audiobook with them in a few years.