Pippin Paints a Portrait
by Charlotte Mei
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Pub Date 12 Apr 2022 | Archive Date 17 Jun 2022
Publisher Spotlight, Cicada Books
A laugh-out-loud story of artistic expression, told in direct speech and adorable manga-inflected illustrations by Charlotte Mei.
''The author and illustrator, Charlotte Mei, provides beautifully simplistic artwork to accompany her uplifting and inspirational story of self-discovery''. -- Seattle Book Review
''I love that this book talks about famous artists but ultimately Pippin finds his own way of creating. Perfect for budding artists''. -- Picturebook Playdate
''This is an ideal introduction to famous artists and some of their most celebrated works for young readers''. -- Library Girl and Book Boy
''This successful debut dips into artistic mediums, and shows that there is much fun and mileage to be had in imitating old masters, as well as managing to ace your own style''. -- Good Reads
''Charlotte Mei provides playful illustrations that contrast with the fine art at the heart of the book''. -- The Great British Bookworm
''This beautifully illustrated picture book will not only inspire children to want to create art but also feel confident and determined to do it''. -- School Reading List
“Today I am going to paint a portrait. It is a portrait of someone very important. That someone is ME (it is a self-portrait). All famous artists paint pictures of themselves, and I am a famous artist. Or at least I will be when I’ve finished my portrait.”
Pippin is painting his self-portrait, but his friends think he’s got a lot to learn about painting. They take him to see Angelique’s portrait, which takes inspiration from Cubism, Dudley’s portrait, which is inspired by the work of Chris Ofili, Momo’s portrait, which draws from the work of Yayoi Kusama, and Franklin and Aaliya’s portrait, which is a colour field painting in the style of Mark Rothko.
Pippin is feeling very deflated, but his little friend Minky helps him to dig deep and find the artist inside himself.
Packed with information about famous artists, their approaches and their mediums, this book simultaneously engages, informs and asks young readers to question how they themselves ‘read’ and create art.
Average rating from 4 members
This is a fabulous picture book about an artistic dog who paints pictures in the style of a variety of famous artist such as matisse and picasso. There are colourful pictures, including the pictures of the paintings Pippin has created as well as 1-3 lines of text per page. The book ends with details about the author as well as the famous artists represented in the story. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who teaches art in the K-4 grade range as well as parents of aspiring little artists. I could definitely see this book being an introduction to a unit on famous artists in my Grade 3 class. Thanks so much to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this awesome book!
Pippin the dog wants to draw a self portrait, but his friends don’t really think the portrait looks like him. Pippin walks around and looks at all of his friends’ portraits for inspiration. Each follows the style of a different famous artist. Pippin grows upset and decides his drawing is no good, but his friend Minky gives him the confidence to find a style of his own.
My 4-year-old twins really enjoyed this book. They thought the part about the guy who paints with elephant dung was really hilarious. They were introduced to different art terms, styles, and famous artists. There is a great section of short bios about various famous artists at the end of the book.
Thank you to NetGalley and Cicada Books for this digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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