Mr. Flux


  • Rainforest of Reading Award (2014: Nominee)
  • Prix Jeunesse des Libraires du Québec (2014: Winner)
  • Children’s Books of the Year, Outstanding Merit, Bank Street Children’s Book Committee (2014)
  • Favourite New Picture Books, Today’s Parent (April 2013)
  • 20 of the Most Beautiful Children’s Books in the World, Apartment Therapy


“[A] friendly introduction to a lighthearted aesthetic and an antidote to the belief that standards (in art or anything else) are fixed or immutable.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Stephens’s elegant retro spreads in milky hues create an atmosphere of urbanity throughout… even the houses that are supposed to be monotonous are charming…[A] useful, low-key introduction to the liberating impulses of the ’60s.”
Publishers Weekly

“A wonderfully offbeat storybook that teaches kids about Fluxus artists (who celebrated found objects, sounds and everyday experiences) and that change can be a very good thing.”
Canadian Family

“Conformity vs. self-expression, solving problems by harnessing creativity vs. staying with what you know works – these are huge themes to put into a picture book. Yet somehow they fit, and Stephens’s illustrations manifest the book’s ultimate message: embracing the unusual can make the world a better place.”
The Globe and Mail

“Maclear’s narrative—the language concise, engaging and revealing depth of character—and Stephens’ illustrations—beautifully rendered in gouache and expressing much playfulness and humour—both capture the essence of what Fluxus artists were trying to do, and convey the movement’s ideas in ways that are accessible to younger readers and listeners.”
—Canadian Children’s Booknews

“The book uses Fluxus, a media-blending artistic movement of the 1960s, as an inspiration and tonal springboard. This will sail over most of the young audience, of course, but anchoring the story in an element of art history gives it an added philosophical dimension.”

“Mr. Flux and Martin embody characteristics that, as teachers, we try to model for our students as we attempt to instill the grit, courage and creative thinking they will need for the world of tomorrow.”
Professionally Speaking

“Change is one thing, but amusement is an important add-on, and Maclear’s finale shows that something to cause a little laughter is always a valuable turnabout. Maclear’s cautionary tale is wonderfully realized through Matte Stephen’s retro art, reminiscent of Miroslav Sasek, renowned for his “This Is” series of children’s travel books and showing that your own hometown can be just as exotic as London or Paris if you want it to be.”
North Adams Transcript

“[G]reat writing, original characters, quirky illustrations, and multiple layers great for drawing in readers of all ages… a philosophy lesson and a number of art lessons inside a fantastic picture book.”
Perogies and Gyoza

“A new picture book by Kyo Maclear is a literary event. Her books (Spork, Virginia Wolf) are always extraordinary, and her latest, Mr. Flux, is no exception.”
Pickle Me This

“This delightful romp into the short-lived 60s art moment known as Fluxus will be a staple for preschool and kindergarten teachers developing themes on everything from spontaneity and change to modern art.”
Michelle’s Bookshelf

Mr. Flux feels like something of great reflection and appreciation for the art movement of the 1960s, one that I wouldn’t expect to be explored through picture books.”
Read Aloud Literacy

“A charming book that is thought-provoking and fun, Mr. Flux is awesome.”
Reading Eagle

“[A] delightful picture book that helps children see that change can be fun, even if they anticipate it to be traumatic.”
CanLit for Little Canadians

To pur­chase Flux by Kyo Maclear, please visit your local inde­pen­dent book­seller, or order online from Kids Can Press.