Author(s): Laurence Anholt
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!
Anholt's illustrations ingeniously match the artist's unique style. Irish Examiner This book would be invaluable in bringing the artist alive for the pupils. www.writeaway.org.uk As a general introduction to the artist or as a non-fiction book to read for pleasure it will bring colour to any library. School Librarian What is particularly appealing about the Anholt series of books about famous artists, of which this is the sixth, is that each one is based on a real-life encounter between a child and the artist featured. The work of Matisse is particularly useful in the visual arts with children, as its central message is that art can be created using a wide variety of materials and can result from exploring and experimenting with elements as simple as colour and shape. I would recommend this book, and the others in the series, for use with children in both middle and senior classes in primary schools. INIS
LAURENCE ANHOLT has created over 200 books for children, published in over 30 languages. His Anholt's Artists series includes Camille and the Sunflowers, Degas and the Little Dancer, Leonard and the Flying Boy, Picasso and the Girl with a Ponytail, The Magical Garden of Claude Monet, Tell Us a Story, Papa Chagall and Cezanne and the Apple Boy. He has collaborated on numerous picture books with his wife, artist Catherine Anholt, including the Chimp and Zee series, also published by Frances Lincoln. Laurence has won numerous awards, including the Nestle Smarties Gold Award on two occasions. He lives in Devon.