Thursday, September 8, 2011

Lottie Paris Lives Here

I'm always fascinated by "day in the life" picture books because in books like these (think Eloise and Olivia), the author is able to present a slice of a child's life to the reader--often without a plot. And when these kinds of books are done right, children want to read them over and over and over again.

LOTTIE PARIS LIVES HERE written by Angela Johnson and illustrated by Scott M. Fischer, is one of those books. In fact, I dare you not to fall in love with this little girl. Just look at her!

The illustrations in this book are absolutely incredible. Scott Fischer said that he used "gouache, applied with rollers, stencils, sponges, brushes, and I even used a bit of sandpaper here and there! It is a very tactile feeling book, and my most inventive to date for sure!" I love the way he shifted perspective and used patterns and a soft palette throughout the book, paying attention to every little detail in Lottie's life. 

And what a wonderful little life she has! Lottie has just the right mixture of fun and sass (with just a tiny bit of naughty), but she remains grounded by her house, her front porch, and her Papa Pete. It's a sweet little book, and my daughter and I have read it so many times, just so we can end up sitting with Lottie  on her porch swing as the sun sets.

Charming.
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Check out what the other Bookanistas are reading these days . . .

Elana Johnson shares some book love for Random Acts of Publicity Week
LiLa Roecker is wild about a double giveaway of Witch Eyes and Wildefire
Christine Fonseca  thinks you should Write Your Book Now!
Shannon Whitney Messenger  loves Legend – with signed arc giveaway
Scott Tracey: Today is Witch Eyes release day – wowza!
Jessi Kirby gets inside Sean Griswold’s Head
Sarah Frances Hardy applauds Lottie Paris Lives Here
Stasia Ward Kehoe marvels at The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer


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