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The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau (edition 2012)

by Michelle Markel, Amanda Hall (Illustrator)

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Title:The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau
Authors:Michelle Markel
Other authors:Amanda Hall (Illustrator)
Info:Eerdmans Books for Young Readers (2012), Hardcover, 34 pages
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Henri Rousseau was a toll collector who really wanted to be an artist. He was consumed by his art but many critics only laughed at him. It talks about a short period of his life that keeps it simple for young readers.

The illustrations in this book are amazing. Some of the best I have seen thus far. ( )
  ashleyschifano | Oct 24, 2014 |
Wonderful illustrations. Good information on Rousseau's life. The author of the book gives detailed information about his failures -- good life lessons. I would definitely use this book in my bibliography unit. (grades 2 - 5) ( )
  SuPendleton | Sep 27, 2014 |
This book tells the story of Henri Rousseau, a toll collector who decided to be an artist at the age of forty. The story of Rousseau's life is one of not being afraid to try something new, and listening to what makes one's own heart happy, instead of the naysayers.He painted for the rest of his life, regardless of what the critics said about him, or who laughed at him. He was beloved by later generations, however, and his work resides in museums all of the world. He died very poor, and did not see that success in his lifetime, but he still had the courage to do what he loved. It is a great message for children. Also, the illustrations in this book are wonderful. Amanda Hall attempted to emulate Rousseau's style, and it gives the book a whimsical feeling. It also helps to make the reader understand the fantastical world of the artist's imagination, the thing that was driving him to continue to create. Great book. ( )
  Melissalorio | Jan 26, 2014 |
I love Henri Rousseau's art!!!.. So colorful and different for his time. Always the starving artist when alive, but leaves behind very wealthy heirs. He was friends with Picasso!!! Score ( )
  ronicadibartolo | Oct 22, 2013 |
The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau picks up when Rousseau is a 41-year-old toll collector who decides to start dabbling in painting. He soon becomes increasingly consumed by this work, entering his art into exhibitions each year despite being repeatedly laughed at by critics. Eventually, younger artists - such as Pablo Picasso - come along and begin appreciating Rousseau's work, and he ultimately influences modern art in many ways.

By focusing on a small part of Rousseau's life (and further honing in on the theme of Rousseau's perseverance despite the cold critical reception and his poverty), the book remains fairly simplistic and digestible for small children. However, it is written in an appealing lyrical way that is easy to understand yet rather poetical. The illustrations are beautifully done and stylized to evoke Rousseau's legacy. There's often a surreal aspects to the illustrations, as the illustrator admits that she was willing to bend the rules in order to portray life the way Rousseau saw it. Hence we end up with pictures of Rousseau painting in his Paris apartment with the wild animals of his imagination roaming about the place.

This beautifully told tale of the painter Henri Rousseau's work and life is so delightful, I'd highly recommend it. The captivating prose and illustrations will appeal to both children and adults! ( )
  sweetiegherkin | Apr 14, 2013 |
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Henri Rousseau wanted to be an artist. But he had no formal training. Instead, he taught himself to paint. He painted until the jungles and animals and distant lands in his head came alive on the space of his canvases.

Henri Rousseau endured the harsh critics of his day and created the brilliant paintings that now hang in museums around the world. Michelle Markel's vivid text, complemented by the vibrant illustrations of Amanda Hall, artfully introduces young readers to the beloved painter and encourages all readers to persevere despite all odds.

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A child's biography of French artist Henri Rousseau, who spent his life as a toll collector, but created unheralded masterpieces in his spare time.

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