Meeting Cezanne (#0688BJ8)

by Morpurgo, Michael; illustrated by Place, Francois

6 reviews & awards | 4 full-text reviews

Hardcover Candlewick Press, 2013
Price: USD 13.95
Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 20 cm
Dewey: -Fic-; Int Lvl: 3-6; Rd Lvl: 4.6
AR 4.4 LG .5 162966EN


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From Follett

Yannick is excited to spend the summer with his aunt and uncle in the French country, which he has only seen in paintings by Paul Cezanne, but is devastated when he accidently destroys a drawing Pablo Picasso left after visiting the family's inn.

From the Publisher
From the author of War Horse comes a gentle, evocative story of a young city boy's summer in 1960s rural Provence.

When Yannick learns that he is to stay with his aunt Mathilde and her family in the South of France, he cannot believe his luck. He has rarely been out of Paris, and if the paintings in his mother's beloved C zanne book are to be believed, surely Provence is paradise itself. So begins an idyllic month for the young city boy: roaming the gentle hills and rolling valleys and daydreaming about his beautiful cousin Amandine; helping at his aunt and uncle's bustling village inn; feeling that he has come to the most wonderful place in the world. But one evening the spell is broken when an important local comes for dinner and Yannick accidentally destroys a precious drawing the man leaves behind. How can the devastated Yannick make things right again -- and what surprising discoveries might come of it?

Product Details
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication Date: October 8, 2013
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Edition: First U.S. edition.
  • Dewey: -Fic-
  • Classifications: Fiction
  • Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 20 cm
  • Tracings: Place, Francois, illustrator.
  • ISBN-10: 0-7636-4896-5
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7636-4896-1
  • LCCN: 2012-947826
  • Follett Number: 0688BJ8
  • Interest Level: 3-6
  • Reading Level: 4.6
  • ATOS Book Level: 4.4
  • AR Interest Level: LG
  • AR Points: .5
  • AR Quiz: 162966EN

Reviews & Awards
  • Booklist, 11/01/13
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, 11/01/13
  • Horn Book Magazine, 04/01/14
  • Kirkus Reviews, 09/15/13
  • Library Media Connection, 03/01/14
  • Publishers Weekly, 09/02/13

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (November 1, 2013 (Vol. 110, No. 5))
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.

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