The Iridescence of Birds by Patricia MacLachlan Book Review

The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisse by Patricia MacLachlan
Illustrations by Hadley Hooper
Publisher: Roaring Book Press
Release Date: October 14, 2014

Henry Matisse was once a little boy living in a very dreary town in northern France. His world was a world of color though. One of lines and dancing figures, creating beauty in whatever is around him.

Beautifully illustrated, as I have come to expect from artist picture book biographies, this book sings with creativity. The text is sparse and simple, but also the longest run on sentence you have ever seen. This is the third one of its kind that I have read in as many months (Edward Hopper Paints His World The Noisy Paint Box) I can just imagine how difficult it is to mimic an artistic style, a famous one at that, while still retaining your own stylings. Hooper does this with such finesse, although her color palette is a bit more muted than Matisse, I still loved the way it took on a Matisse-like quality without pretending to be Matisse. With all the wonderful artist biographies out there, I think kids can be given a very nice introduction to art, one that will hopefully fuel some creativity of their own.