Laurence Anholt is part of a husband-and-wife team who have worked together on more than 60 picture books, published all over the world in more than 17 different languages. Their picture books including the Chimp and Zee series have won numerous awards and have been featured on television and radio. Laurence has been described by William Watt as one of the most versatile authors writing for children today. He was brought up mainly in Holland where he developed a lasting passion for art. He is a much sought after public speaker, appearing at conferences such as the European Council of International Schools Conference, the Northern Children's Book Festival and the Edinburgh Festival.To visit the Anholts' website click here
Gr 1-4-This addition to Anholt's series about famous artists features Paul Cezanne, the post-impressionist considered by some to be the father of cubism. It relates a fictional episode in the painter's life, a summer in which his son visits and (along with readers) comes to see his father's life as a struggling innovator. As luck would have it, it is this same summer that a visiting art dealer is taken with Cezanne's originality, thus marking the beginning of his success as a painter. The narrative flows naturally and deals with some difficult issues-the painter's phobia about being touched, his estrangement from his family, and the disregard for his efforts-in an age-appropriate and sensitive fashion, though attentive readers may find more questions than answers. Anholt's charming watercolor and pen illustrations re-create a time and place that will be unfamiliar to most readers and feature homages to Cezanne's most famous works. Most important, the title coveys the idea that artists are real people fulfilling a purpose that may not be understood in the context of their everyday lives.-Lisa Egly Lehmuller, St. Patrick's Catholic School, Charlotte, NC Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
In this solid addition to Anholt's Artists series, Paul Cezanne invites his son to visit him in the countryside. Arriving by train, the boy finds his father on a mountainside, "making a wild painting." He leads his son to the summit, remarking, "It's a long way, but if we follow the path, we won't get lost." When villagers deride the artist's work, he tells the boy, "The world doesn't understand me and I don't understand the world." But a stranger appreciates Cezanne's paintings and brings them to Paris, where they sell quickly. Steeped in metaphor (mountain and apple themes recur), Anholt's dialogue-driven narrative successfully reveals the painter's eccentricities and his bond with his son. The book's layered illustrations include reproductions of Cezanne's paintings incorporated into Anholt's watercolors, many of which feature the Provence landscapes so prominent in the painter's work. Anholt gives several nods to Cezanne masterpieces, as when father and son sit on a ledge overlooking the panorama depicted in Mont Sainte-Victoire and two men in a cafe mimic the subjects of The Card Players. Ages 4-7. (Nov.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
"This is much more than simply a picture book - it's an engaging look at a great artist, presented in a way that will make the artist and his paintings come alive for children." "Utterly and completely brilliant, and we cannot wait to explore the other stories in the series." "Utterly and completely brilliant, and we cannot wait to explore the other stories in the series." "This is much more than simply a picture book - it's an engaging look at a great artist, presented in a way that will make the artist and his paintings come alive for children."