Grades 2-5. When Yannick’s mother becomes ill, he is sent to live with his aunt and uncle at their inn in Provence. He is reluctant to leave Paris, but once his mother tells him that Cézanne loved painting there, Yannick is lured by the prospect of seeing for himself the landscapes that inspired “the greatest painter in the world.” Yannick spends his time in idyllic Provence working in the kitchen, wandering around the beautiful town, and daydreaming of the artist his mother loves so much. When a famous painter comes to their restaurant and Yannick accidentally throws away the drawing he scribbled on the paper tablecloth, he follows him back to his château to ask for another drawing. Is it Cézanne? Savvy readers who note both a distinctly iconic striped shirt and the time period conveyed in Place’s soft and lovely watercolor illustrations will already know it is not Cézanne. However, younger readers unfamiliar with the artist presented will be surprised by the ending to Morpurgo’s affectionate story of a young boy away from home.