A new picture book about the iconic artist Claude Monet, from the Caldecott-Award winning team that created The Noisy Paint Box.
Claude Monet is one of the world's most beloved artists--and he became famous during his own lifetime. He rejected a traditional life laid out clean and smooth before him. Instead he chose a life of art. But not just any art: a new way of seeing that came to be called impressionism.
Monet loved to paint what he saw around him, particularly the Seine River. He was initially rejected for using bright colors, tangled brushstrokes--condemned for his impressions. But soon art dealers and collectors were lining up each morning to see as Monet saw. Monet, however, waited only for the light. The changing light...each morning he had a dozen canvases on hand to paint a dozen different moments. His brush moved back and forth, chasing sunlight--putting in the arduous work to create an image that seemed to contain no effort at all.
The stellar team that brought you the Caldecott Honor book The Noisy Paint Box explores another influential painter, in a moving tribute to creativity, commitment, and new ways of seeing the world around you.
About the Author
BARB ROSENSTOCK is the author of the Caldecott Honor Book The Noisy Paint Box; Vincent Can't Sleep; and Through the Window, all also illustrated by Mary GrandPré, as well as many other books. She lives outside of Chicago with her husband, sons, and two big poodles. Visit her at BarbRosenstock.com.
MARY GRANDPRÉ is best known as the illustrator of the original Harry Potter books. She also illustrated the Caldecott Honor Book The Noisy Paint Box, as well The Carnival of the Animals, written by Jack Prelutsky, and Chin Yu Min and the Ginger Cat by Jennifer Armstrong, amongst many others. Visit her at MaryGrandPre.com.
“Engrossing… Rosenstock’s luminous language offers gentle humor as GrandPré’s glowing dabs of color and visible brushstrokes offer a soft, legible introduction to the style of Monet.” ––Publisher’s Weekly, starred review
"A worthy introduction to this master artist." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Grandpré’s illustrations, which track both the morning’s transitions and Monet’s labors, harmonize with Rosenstock’s sumptuous prose” ––The Bulletin
“Engaging and well researched.” ––The Horn Book