~ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review~
Claudia loves art but never truly understand what’s really under the surface until Pim appears in the painting she sees. She learns that Pim has been trapped in the world behind the canvas for centuries by a witch, and Claudia is now his only way to break the spells that keeps him bound in the world of art. Using ancient magic, Claudia enters the world but finds that nothing is truly as it seems on paper.
Behind the Canvas was an exciting read, a really cute story that was filled with adventure. I really liked the anecdotes that appear at the end of each chapter after an artist was mentioned, it was a cool addition to the story though I felt some notes do drag on a bit and take up a bit of space but you do learn some interesting things if you don’t know much about art, like me. They did at first appear too academic to grab my attention but they’re actually really witty and do give better contextual knowledge. What I loved the most was the concept and how it wasn’t set in a random fantasy place but actually links with the real world and they way it works shows clear and deep thought in its creation. (Let’s just hope no one tries to place their hand with yellow gloop on the actual Mona Lisa…)
However, I felt like the relationship between Claudia and Pim was severely missed out. It skims part where they get to know each other and I felt it should’ve developed that section a bit more to see how their friendship grew but, nonetheless, the way they really cared for each other did come through. I just felt like it was missing something in the beginning.
Kindle Edition, 336 pagesPublication: February 23rd 2016 by Feiwel & Friends