Children’s Books: Lives of Art and Inspiration, Wall Street Journal review / by hadley hooper

A young child will not simply read about Henri Matisse, for instance, in Patricia MacLachlan’s “The Iridescence of Birds” (Roaring Brook, 40 pages, 17.99) but will, from the very first page, experience the artist’s vibrant aesthetic through Hadley Hooper ’s illustrated homage. We get a nice sense of the continuity of Matisse’s interest in color and form by meeting him as a little boy “in a dreary town in northern France where the skies were gray.” His mother paints, hangs bright rugs on the walls, and lets her son arrange the fruits and flowers she buys at the market: “pears and oranges in a bowl, on a tablecloth, and flowers in a blue vase.” Each description in this elegant book for 4- to 8-year-olds is accompanied by a Matisse-inspired print that leads us to see how such a child grew into the artist whose joyful works drew record museum crowds this very year.- WSJ Bookshelf, December 27th, 2014

Studio shot of 'Iridescence" parts. 

Studio shot of 'Iridescence" parts.