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Matisse, King of Colour
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This is the sixth title in the highly-successful Anholt's Artists series about great painters. Each book tells the story of real meetings between a world-famous artist and a child who inspired him in his work, with reproductions of some of the artist's most famous works. This book describes the close relationship between Matisse and Monique, a young girl who wants to become a nun. Matisse develops a sketch drawn by Monique into a set of stained-glass windows and starts raising money to build a chapel for the nuns at Vence, in south-west France. Finally one morning when the chapel is finished, Monique sees the special magic of Matisse's design: when the sun's rays creep into the chapel, transforming its black and white interior into a fantastic sea of blue and green light!
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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

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'The book cleverly mingles reproductions of Matisse's work with his own exuberant illustrations, making for a highly enjoyable and informative read.' Laurence Anholt's books are an excellent way to find out about the lives of artists through story.' Laurence Anholt's books are an excellent way to find out about the lives of artists through story.' 'The book cleverly mingles reproductions of Matisse's work with his own exuberant illustrations, making for a highly enjoyable and informative read.'

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