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Picture Book, Andre The Artistic Apron

This picture book is all about Andre. And yes, he’s an apron.

Granny Annie presents “Andre The Artistic Apron” written & narrated by Jo Kemp

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Book: Granny Annies Ultimate Alphabet Book
Chapter: A Is For Andre The Artistic Apron
Genre: Children’s
Author: Jo Kemp
Published: 2020
Language: English
Publisher: BoodleBobs

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Andre The Artistic Apron is a story from ‘Granny Annie’s Ultimate Alphabet Book’. This book is a different approach to alphabet books insofar as it’s written to expand children’s vocabulary and their imagination.

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PICTURE BOOK – ANDRE THE ARTISTIC APRON

This picture book is all about Andre and yes, he’s an apron.

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PICTURE BOOK – ANDRE THE ARTISTIC APRON – PAGE 1

Andre’s favourite colour was BRIGHT! – Bright blue, bright pink, bright anything – just so long as it was BRIGHT!

But Andre wasn’t very bright.

“Why can’t I be like you?” he asked his colourful friend Timmy the tea-towel, “Then I’d get invited to parties like you do!”

“But I’m always in the kitchen at parties,” replied Timmy glumly.

“Drying out.”

But looking on the bright side – at least Andre had a pocket.

A great big pocket that held absolutely everything.

“Got any toffees?” asked Dorothy and Andre pulled out a bag-full.

“Are my socks in there?” asked Wally and yes, there they were…

…well, one of them.

While he was rummaging, Andre found a big box of paints.

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“Hey! I could paint myself with these lovely bright colours THEN I’d get invited to lots of parties!” he exclaimed.

He’d feel very at home in anyone’s kitchen.

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STORY PAGE 2 – ANDRE THE ARTISTIC APRON

Fedora, the pretty pink flamingo, wasn’t sure. “Try out a few ideas first,” she advised and found some clean sheets of paper.

“Now what should I paint first?” said Andre clasping his hands gaily.

“I’ll paint the town,” he decided. “And I’m going to paint it red.”

Andre was busy creating his masterpieces when Morris the mop arrived.

“Let ME paint YOU,” he volunteered, but Andre wasn’t too sure because he knew Morris was terribly messy.

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But Morris took no notice and as a result, Andre was soon splattered in paint…

…along with everything else.

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Picture Book - Andre The Artistic Apron with Morris The Mop

“No worries!” said Morris brightly, “Harry the hose pipe will soon clear all this up!”

But despite Harry’s best efforts, no water came out?

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STORYBOOK IMAGE – ANDRE THE ARTISTIC APRON – PAGE 3

So Andre did….

“WHOOOOSHHH!!!” laughed Harry as out gushed a torrent of water.

It went into Andre’s eyes and into his ears and poor Andre was soaked, wet through and dripping as all the bright colours drained from his face, “I’ll go and hang out on the line,” he said dolefully.

“I’ll come too,” said Timothy, “I’m always up for a blow.”

So, they both hung out – dripping – until a big gust of wind snatched poor Andre clean off the line….

…and dropped him right next to Mole.

“What are you doing here?” asked Mole.

“I got blown away,” explained Andre and explained too about being dull, about the painting and about the soaking.

“Oh dear,” said Mole.

STORY PAGE 4  – ANDRE THE ARTISTIC APRON

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“But why want to be something you’re not when it’s far better to just be yourself?”

“Because I look boring,” answered Andre, “And I don’t want to be boring.”

“I see…” replied Mole thoughtfully, “Or rather I don’t see. You see I can’t see, you see… if you see what I mean. I live in a tunnel deep underground where everything is black, more black, and black…

It’s what’s on the inside that matters and clearly, you’re a most bright and colourful chap.”

Feeling much brighter by Mole’s kind words of wisdom, Andre returned to find everyone admiring his pictures.

“Zey are fantastique!” said Ernie the easel trying his best to sound French.

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ILLUSTRATED BOOK – ANDRE THE ARTISTIC APRON – PAGE 5

“It is an ‘honneur’ to meet such a great ‘artiste’!”

“I’m not sure about being pink,” he worried then realised, he didn’t want to be pink or blue or yellow or orange or green or purple or even a mixture of any of them.

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He just liked to be himself – plain old Andre with all his colours on the inside.

And with that, he pulled a huge rainbow from out of his pocket and threw it up into the sky where it stayed and brought joy to all those who touched it.

The end

BoodleBobs, picture book, Andre the apron written & narrated by Jo Kemp

About Andre The Artistic Apron

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A is for Andre: Andre the Artistic Apron
The whole point of this ANDRE story is that it doesn’t matter how you appear on the outside, it’s what’s on the INSIDE that matters. Andre sees himself as being nothing more than a plain and ordinary apron when in truth, he’s a very colourful character who also proves to
be extremely artistic.

It takes a visit from Mole “…I live in a tunnel deep underground when everything is black, more black and black.” to explain there is more to life than appearances.

Too often we’re swayed by the bright and shiny – the pretty things – when the real gems are those who perhaps make a little less noise about it.

Andre’s name meaning: Andre is the French form of the name Andrew and is now also used in the English-speaking world. It’s a variation of the Greek-derived name Andr meaning ‘man or warrior’ Andre on Wikipedia

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