The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau

The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau Cover

The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau

By Michelle Markel; Amanda Hall (Illustrator)

Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780802853646, 34pp.

Publication Date: June 11, 2012

Description
Henri Rousseau wanted to be an artist. But he had no formal training. Instead, he taught himself to paint. He painted until the jungles and animals and distant lands in his head came alive on the space of his canvases.
Henri Rousseau endured the harsh critics of his day and created the brilliant paintings that now hang in museums around the world. Michelle Markel's vivid text, complemented by the vibrant illustrations of Amanda Hall, artfully introduces young readers to the beloved painter and encourages all readers to persevere despite all odds.
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About the Author
Was it because she was born in the dream factory of Los Angeles, site of giant donuts and fairy tale cottages? Was it because of the outrageous stories her father told at bedtime? Maybe it was the books themselves, the fauve colors of Ludwig Bemelman's Madeline and later the droll prose of William Steig that inspired Michelle to write for children. She has imagined, and published, picture books of all stripes, from alphabet to fiction to biography.

Amanda Hall has illustrated a number of picture books, including "The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau" (Eerdmans), which won the PEN/Steven Kroll Award. Amanda lives in England. Visit herwebsite at www.amandahall-illustration.com.