The first review of The Iridescence of Birds from the American Library Association / by hadley hooper

Could an essential, spirited picture book capture the brightness of a childhood that inspired a lifetime of genius? In two long, lyrical sentences, MacLachlan wonders about the early years of Henri Matisse, who grew up in a cold, gray city in northern France and was warmed by the colors of the paints, fabrics, and birds that surrounded him. Posing her thoughts as questions, MacLachlan distills Matisse’s first experiences, assembling them in rough detail to communicate their emotional impact, much like the Fauvist master her subject became. Hooper’s vivid block-print illustrations vibrate and hum, echoing Matisse’s lively sense of dynamic composition and brilliant color. In expansive spreads that fill the pages, she shows us a boy who thrilled to his environs, especially their hues, patterns, and iridescence....

              Would it be a surprise that you grew up to be a fine painter                                  Who painted red rooms