Painting Pepette by Linda Lodding Book Review

Painting Pepette by Linda Lodding
Illustrations by Claire Fletcher
Publisher: little bee books
Release Date: June 7, 2016

In Josette's home, there are portraits for everyone in her home. All except Pepette, Josette's stuffed rabbit. So Josette sets out into 1920s Paris to find an artist who will paint her precious companion. Together they set off for Mantmartre, the art center of Paris, where Josette meets painters like Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Marc Chagall, and Henri Marisse. Each tries their hand at painting Petette, but none look quite right. That is, until Josette paints her and learns that sometimes if you want the job done right, you have to do it yourself.

A cute little book that highlights art, artistic styles, and the art mecca that was 1920s Paris. Lodding captures the different personalities of the famous artists while also introducing readers to a child they can relate to. Fletcher captures the different artistic styles of these famous artists, with a classical whimsy that really draws the eye in. It's a quiet book, but perfect for introducing certain concepts of time and art. Additionally, there is an almost built-in craft idea for home or storytime.