The Artist Mortimer


Developed by:OCG Studios


Ages 4-6 
Mortimer is an artist who more than anything, loves to paint. Story written and illustrated by Bo Zaunders. This is a simple and sweet story about an artist who gets into trouble every time he paints, and is enlivened with lovely music, great interactivity and narration. (iTunes)

Get Ready

Prepare to use the app by introducing one of these activities:

  1. Title Talk:Discuss the title of this book The Artist Mortimer-The Artist Who Stole Bits of the World and ask your child what they think the title means.
  2. Introduction to the Keyword: ArtistDefine the word Artist. Grab a dictionary or google the word to teach your child how to locate and define words they may not be familiar with.
    • Give some examples of types of art, i.e., painting, sculpting, illustration, etc. For younger children, keep it simple. For older children, have them also describe the tools each type of artist uses, i.e., to paint you need a paintbrush, paint, canvas, etc.
  3. A Matching Game: Suffixes: Introduce your child to how we use the suffix (a letter or a group of letters that is added to the end of a word to change its meaning or to form a different word) —er or —or to describe how a type of artist connects to a type of art: 

A person who paints is called a PAINTER
A person who sculpts is called a SCULPTOR
A person who takes photos is called a PHOTOGRAPHER.

Dive In

Help your child get the most out of an app experience by trying the following activities. 

  1. Interactivity: After reading a page, have your child touch the various “hotspots” to animate each scene. 
  2. Introduction to the Keyword: Lepidopterist Define the word Lepidopterist, featured in the story. Wow—that’s a big word, isn’t it? Ask your child (based on the images on the previous page) who they think a Lepidopterist is? Grab a dictionary or google the word to teach your child how to locate and define words they may not be familiar with. 

Branch Out

Extend the app experience with these real life activities: 

  1. Reading Comprehension: The Artist Mortimer upset a lot of people from his paintings and they wanted him to stop. Ask your child about how this made Mortimer feel to stop painting? How did he fix his problem? 
    • Have your child make a list of sad things they would like to paint away if they could. For younger children, provide some examples to get them started, i.e., a broken toy, wet shoes, Brussels sprouts, etc. Encourage them to come up with creative examples from everyday life.
  2. Ways of Seeing: Complete the Drawing Take some pages from an unused coloring book or a magazine and cut a portion of the center out. You can use an index card or card stock as a template for a rectangle or square you are cutting out. Once you’ve finished the cut-out, tape or glue the outer frame to a piece of blank drawing paper. Now have your child fill in the rest of the picture with crayons, coloring pencils, paint, etc.