Katie's Sunday Afternoon

Katie's Sunday Afternoon

by James Mayhew
     
 

Exploring art is fun in Mayhew's fourth book about a little girl who jumps into paintings. Children will come away with a deeper appreciation for fine art, as they join in Katie's museum romp.

It's a Sunday afternoon, and Katie is bored. But Grandma knows just what will cheer her up -- a visit to the art museum. There, Katie once again finds herself on an

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Exploring art is fun in Mayhew's fourth book about a little girl who jumps into paintings. Children will come away with a deeper appreciation for fine art, as they join in Katie's museum romp.

It's a Sunday afternoon, and Katie is bored. But Grandma knows just what will cheer her up -- a visit to the art museum. There, Katie once again finds herself on an unbelievable adventure through the paintings of renowned post-impressionist painters Georges-Pierre Seurat, Camille Pissarro, and Paul Signac. Children will enjoy learning about art, as they join in on Katie's exciting journey.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This is the fourth in author James Mayhew's series of "Katie" books, about a little girl who magically enters whatever painting she happens to be viewing. In this title, it is a hot Sunday afternoon, and the pool is too crowded. Katie and her grandmother step into the cool precincts of the art gallery. While Grandma takes a little nap, Katie decides to go swimming anyway, by climbing into Georges Seurat's pointillist masterpiece, Bathers at Asnieres. But disaster follows, as Katie sits down on a corner of the painting's frame, and water begins to spill out into the gallery. Characters from other pointillist paintings are soon caught up in the watery fun, and ultimately all is restored to normal by the magician-like subject of Paul Signac's Portrait of Felix Feneon. A fun and educational introduction to pointillism, this is a delightfully-illustrated picture book for early grade-school readers. Brief biographical sketches of the artists whose works are depicted are included in the back of the book. 2004, Orchard Books, Ages 6 to 9.
—Michele Tremaine
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-As in Katie and the Sunflowers (2001) and Katie and the Mona Lisa (1999, both Scholastic), Mayhew continues his picture-book explorations of masterpieces with this foray into the world of the Pointillists. This time, his protagonist cools off on a hot day at the museum by climbing into Georges Seurat's Bathers at Asni res. As she rests on the edge of the frame, it tilts, spilling water into the gallery. When the child hops over into Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte and invites a young girl to play with her in the gallery's rising water, the other figures are quick to follow. The climax features the footsteps of a guard and a last-minute save by the magic of the gentleman from Paul Signac's Portrait of Felix Feneon. While the paintings Mayhew combines cannot actually be found in a single museum, the juxtaposition allows him to introduce famous examples of Pointillism. Acknowledgements and brief biographical notes clarify locations and present basic facts about the artists. Although Mayhew's copies are brighter and less subtle than the originals, children will get the point. The book will serve as a lighthearted introduction or follow-up to Robert Burleigh's fascinating and interactive presentation of both the artist and his controversial piece in Seurat and La Grande Jatte (Abrams, 2004).-Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Mayhew's Katie continues her exploration of the world of painting when she and her grandmother visit the art gallery on a hot Sunday afternoon. Seurat's Bathers at Asnieres looks so inviting that she climbs into the picture, as is her wont. Splashing about with the boy in the red hat, however, tilts the frame so that the river begins pouring into the gallery. Katie can't resist inviting a little girl in white from Seurat's Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte ("no one is allowed to swim in this painting," she sighs) to join her and the boy in the gallery, and soon all the ladies and gentlemen of Grand Jatte are hitching up their skirts and trousers to wade, too. When a gallery guard threatens to appear, other paintings provide boats and drying clothes to get everyone back where they should be. Mayhew as always transmutes his light and fresh style to what Katie is looking at-Pointillism in this case. No single museum owns all these paintings, of course, but in an afterword, Mayhew tells youngsters where they are and how to see them as well as a little bit about the artists. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439606783
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/2005
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.74(w) x 9.92(h) x 0.33(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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