Friday, March 19, 2010

Paris in the Spring with Picasso by Joan Yolleck

Yolleck, Joan. Paris in the Spring with Picasso, illustrated by Marjorie Priceman. Schwartz & Wade Books, 2010. $17.99. PICTURE BOOK. The author imagines a day in Paris with notable nineteenth century authors, poets, and painters. Guillaume Apollinaire strolls in the avenues and gets the idea for a poem. Max Jacob’s sleeps late because he was up late writing. Pablo Picasso paints Two Nudes. They all come together that night for dinner and a soiree at Gertrude Stein’s. The end of the book includes a paragraph biography of each person. The story is disjointed and hard to follow. Several characters, many places, and occasional French phrases with only the soiree that night tying them all together. The illustrations by Marjorie Priceman are brightly colored and reminiscent of Modern Artists like Picasso. EL – OPTIONAL. Samantha, Public Librarian.

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