PAINTING PEPETTE by Linda Ravin Lodding tells the charming story of Josette, her pet rabbit, and their artistic quest.
This beautifully illustrated picture book begins in the home of young Josette who lives in early 20th century Paris. After seeing all the family members represented in paintings on the walls of her home, young Josette goes on a quest to find an artist to paint a portrait of her rabbit, Pepette. From Picasso to Matisse, each artist captures a different aspect of the lovable bunny. However, Josette has her own vision of the perfect portrait.
Claire Fletcher’s watercolor illustrations bring each artist and their style to life.
Librarians will find this adorable picture book to provide an excellent introduction to famous artists of the Montmartre district in Paris during the 1920s. In addition to the historical connection, the story’s emphasis on different perspectives and thoughts on what’s “art” makes it particularly effective for discussions about the meaning of art.
To learn more about the author, go to http://www.lindalodding.com/.
Published by little bee books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster on June 7, 2016. ARC courtesy of the publisher.