Thursday, July 13, 2017

Cloth Lullaby: the Woven Life of Louise Bourgeous

Author: Amy Novesky
Illustrator: Isabelle Arsenault

Abrams Books for Young Readers (2016) ; Grades 2 and up

This is the story of the life of Louise Bourgeois, world-renowned artist best known for her giant spider sculptures. We learn what inspired Louise's artistry from her childhood including her mother, the family business and the outdoors.

The prose in this book are age appropriate. Hand written in upper case letters makes for easier reading. The author provides additional notes in the back of the book for the more curious.

The illustrations in this book are beautiful. The colors of soft with an interesting blend of mostly blues and reds intermixed with pops of yellows. But what makes these illustrations really interesting is that the illustrator employs a technique that makes the images feel textured.

I did not know about the life of Louise Bourgeois but was inspired by this intriguing book enough to do more research on this artist. This book would provide a wonderful backdrop for a discussion about the inner workings and habits of those who are creative.

Reviewed by Colleen Boff

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