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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
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
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Henri Rousseau was an unappreciated self-taught artist for many years. He was determined to be recognized and appreciated by the "experts." He never let their opinions of him or his artwork stop him from painting. He lived a simple life so that he could devote all his time and money to his paintings. He had a breakthrough at age sixty-one when some critics finally disagreed with others that, "only cavemen would be impressed by his art." His social status grew when Picasso threw a banquet in his honor. Before he passed, he created his most famous work of art, "The Dream." Rousseau's paintings were most appreciated after his death. His perseverance is an inspiration to all who are struggling with achieving their dreams. ( )
  rmwinter | Jan 25, 2017 |
the historical story of how Henri Rousseau became a famous artist, despite no one believing in him
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  TUCC | Jan 11, 2017 |
A beautiful biography that teaches readers to do what you love despite the naysayers. There are many teacheable moments within this book. Sometimes, you don't need lessons. All you need is yourself. I'm a self taught artist, who later was formally trained. Henri Rousseau teaches humility as well with his scrapbook of the articles of his critics. This time, the book has both author and illustrator notes - and I imagine the illustrator notes are worth a read too, as artists sometimes gush over our favorites.
  rparks | Nov 9, 2016 |
Striking, glorious illustrations support a biography that focuses on HR's challenges as an untrained artist bucking convention. There is some exploration of why he painted the subjects and styles he did, but imo it wasn't quite enough. Good notes at the back. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
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.Watch the trailer:
  wichitafriendsschool | Mar 25, 2016 |
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This charming book starts off with Rousseau at age 40 deciding to become an artist. ... Markel beautifully describes many aspects of Rousseau's later life and work; yet his early life is missing. Hall's illustrations are incredible and blend well with the story and Rousseau's own work. An illustrator's note reflects how they were painted along with two-page spreads of famous people Rousseau associated with. It would have been helpful to have a key of these people. This title could be used as a biography, but it really is great for an art teacher to help reveal the difficulties and disappointments of an artist. ...
added by CourtyardSchool | editLibrary Media Connection, Maureen Mooney (Jan 1, 2013)
 
... Markel’s gift here is that she is telling the story of someone overcoming the odds ... A combination of smart writing and smarter art is ideal, particularly when you’re dealing with picture book biographies. And The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau is nothing if not smart. It typifies the kind of bios I hope we see more of in the future. And, with any luck, it will help to create the kinds of people I’d like to see more of in the future. People like Henri Rousseau. Whatta fella. Whatta book.
 
... Thee sometimes straightforward, sometimes flowery text... is consistently informative, conveying his groundbreaking flat perspective, his inspiration by the plants and animals of faraway lands, and his determined personality, as well as interesting details of his life, such as his eventual place in a circle of Modernist artists and writers. Appended are an author’s note and an illustrator’s note.... Though she takes many liberties in scale and perspective, Hall’s lush watercolor and acrylic art bears a clear resemblance to Rousseau’s.... This successful tribute makes Rousseau... accessible, and inspirational, to a young audience.
added by CourtyardSchool | editHorn Book Magazine, Katrina Hedeen (Nov 1, 2012)
 
[starred review] The career of artist Henri Rousseau gets a wonderfully child-friendly treatment in a book that captures both his personality and the essence of his pictures. ... children will be drawn to the story of someone whom no one believes in becoming a star anyway. Markel's text has a sweetness and simplicity that allows children to understand the story's underpinnings, giving them someone to root for. Initially, though, they'll be drawn by Hall's rich pictures... which are a credible homage to Rousseau's naive style. Kids will get a sense of the colors and vibrancy of the originals as well as their strength. ...
added by CourtyardSchool | editBooklist, Ilene Cooper (Sep 15, 2012)
 
PreS-Gr 3 -- Drawing on the naïve techniques found in the paintings of the 19th-century French toll collector, Hall depicts Rousseau's life while introducing his style and subject matter in her fanciful watercolor and acrylic scenes. Markel's well-chosen episodes begin with the purchase of his first paints and brushes -- at age 40. Compact sentences convey this self-taught artist's rocky journey, leaving room for Hall's interpretation. ... This is not only a visually exciting introduction to a well-known artist, but also an uplifting model of passion and perseverance. ...
added by CourtyardSchool | editSchool Library Journal, Wendy Lukehart (Sep 1, 2012)
 

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0802853641, Hardcover)

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.

Watch the trailer:

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:16:59 -0400)

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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