Painting Pepette

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Painting Pepette

by Linda Ravin Lodding, illustrated by Claire Fletcher
Little Bee Books, 2016

Painting Pepette is a fun way to introduce children to great Parisian artists.

Josette and her rabbit Pepette live in Paris and live in a house filled with fine art of her relatives, including her dog.  But one day Josette noticed there was no painting of Pepette.  So she went to Montmartre, where the best artists in Paris painted to find someone to paint Pepette.  Several artists, like Picasso, Matisse and Dali, take a hand at painting Pepette.  While the artists and many sidewalk critiques love the renderings, they are not right for Josette.  When Matisse points out, “But through art we can see the world any way we want,” Pepette knows exactly what to do.  A fulfilling story with loose, color-filled illustrations and a study in what makes a Picasso, Matisse, or Dali painting theirs.

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