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Cezanne's Parrot

Amy Guglielmo, Brett Helquist (Illustrator)


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An inspiring picture book biography of the artist Paul Cezanne, the painter who laid the groundwork for modern art and whom Pablo Picasso declared "the father of us all."

All Cezanne wants is to be a great painter like his friends Monet, Pissarro, and Renoir. But when he shows his works, the professors, the critics, and the collectors all dismiss him: "Too flat!" "Too much paint!" "These are rough and unfinished!" Even his own pet parrot, Bisou, can't be brought to say, "Cezanne is a great painter!" And who can blame them? Cezanne doesn't care about tradition, and he doesn't follow the rules. He's painting in a way no one else has done before, creating something completely new--and he's destined to change the world of art forever. Cezanne's Parrot is a spirited celebration of creativity, determination, and perseverance--and the artist who would become known as the father of modern art.

Praise For Cezanne's Parrot

"Sumptuously illustrated . . . charming and informative." --The Wall Street Journal

"An inviting, playful introduction to an influential painter." --Booklist

"Readers will find this portrait of an artist distinctive, useful, and appealing." --Kirkus Reviews

"This is a great picture book that demonstrates the value of determination, creativity, and self-worth. Children in kindergarten to second grade will enjoy the storyline and the harmonious and colorful illustrations." --School Library Connection

"By examining the hard work and frustration that often lies behind what can look like inevitable celebrity, Guglielmo makes a solid case for understanding Cézanne as a painter who followed his own vision." --Publishers Weekly

"There is beauty in the process, this clever book teaches the reader." --Romper  

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, 9780525515081, 40pp.

Publication Date: February 11, 2020

About the Author

Amy Guglielmo is an artist, an arts educator, and an arts advocate. She has co-authored the picture books Pocket Full of Colors: The Magical World of Mary Blair, winner of the Christopher Award, and How to Build a Hug: Temple Grandin and Her Amazing Squeeze Machine. She is also the co-author of the Touch the Art series of novelty board books featuring famous works of art with tactile additions. She lives on Lake Champlain with her husband. Visit her at and on Twitter @amyguglielmo.

Brett Helquist has illustrated many books for children, including the bestselling A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. He is also the illustrator of the picture books Guitar Genius: How Les Paul Engineered the Solid-Body Electric Guitar and Rocked the World by Kim Tomsic and Martina & Chrissie: The Greatest Rivalry in the History of Sports by Phil Bildner, among others. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York. Learn more at and on Instagram @bhelquist.