Lottie Paris Lives Hereby Angela Johnson, Scott M. Fischer (Illustrator)
Join Lottie Paris in her world and you'll never look at yours the same
Lottie Paris may be precocious, but she still knows how to act like a kid. She dresses up, she plays on the slide, she eats cookies instead of vegetables. She has a great imagination and sees the possibilities in the simplest pleasures. Plus, she's sassy, so there's no chance of getting bored.
Join Lottie Paris in her world and you'll never look at yours the same again!
Sure, she lives here, but she also plays, pretends and occasionally gets in trouble in this lively story about a young African-American girl and her Papa Pete.
Textured, colorful gouache illustrations portray exuberant Lottie with stylized proportions: thin, gangly arms and legs topped by a veritable explosion of brown hair. She is clearly the focus here. Papa Pete's face is never shown, although readers see other parts of him: his feet when he relaxes on the porch; his lower half when he's holding Lottie's hand. Papa Pete is patient, dangling Lottie's little shoes from his fingertips (she wears his) when it's time to go walking and allowing her to eat a cookie before her vegetables; however, he's gently firm when necessary. Text and art generally complement one another: When it's stated "Now, this is Papa Pete leaving the room and his phone....," then "And this is Lottie in the quiet chair—again," it's up to the art to show the broken cell phone. Unfortunately, it's confusing when the text mentions a "babysitter," but Papa Pete is shown; is he her father, grandfather or just someone watching her? Perhaps it doesn't matter; their loving relationship is the point here.
The final spread shows the small family's love: Lottie in Papa Pete's lap on the porch swing, eyes closed, smiling, cuddling her little dog on her lap. (Picture book. 3-6)
Meet the Author
Angela Johnson has won three Coretta Scott King Awards, one each for her novels The First Part Last, Heaven, and Toning the Sweep. The First Part Last was also the recipient of the Michael L. Printz Award. She is also the author of the novels Looking for Red and A Certain October. Her books for younger readers include the Coretta Scott King Honor Book When I Am Old with You, illustrated by David Soman; Wind Flyers and I Dream of Trains, both illustrated by Loren Long; and Lottie Paris Lives Here and its sequel Lottie Paris and the Best Place, both illustrated by Scott M. Fischer. Additional picture books include A Sweet Smell of Roses, Just Like Josh Gibson, The Day Ray Got Away, and All Different Now. In recognition of her outstanding talent, Angela was named a 2003 MacArthur Fellow. She lives in Kent, Ohio. Visit her at AJohnsonAuthor.com.
Scott M. Fischer is a painter by birth, a musician by training, and a storyteller by choice. Best known as the author/illustrator of JUMP!, he is also the illustrator of Twinkle, the New York Times bestselling Peter Pan in Scarlet, Lottie Paris Lives Here, and Lottie Paris and the Best Place. Scott lives with his wife, daughter, and a menagerie of animals in Belchertown, Massachusetts.
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