Monday, January 13, 2020

"Finding Lucy" - a bookwrap

Finding Lucy 

                                                                          The inside front cover.                                                   Meet Lucy, a happy free-spirt artist.


"Finding Lucy" 

Authored and Illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes

* Ages:  4-7
* Grade Level:  PS-2
* Hardcover:  32  pages
* Canadian Publication Date:  Oct. 28, 2019
* U.S. Publication Date:  Oct. 29, 2019
Publisher:  PajamasPress


“Beautiful, bright, and fanciful illustrations using acrylics on canvas gift readers with delightful details....The prose is mainly conversational, lengthy at times, and includes entertaining adjectives such as atrocious and flabbergasting. Moreover, the careful choice of words invites children to think about the correlation between art, color, and feelings. VERDICT There are many facets to this book that will give viewers something new to discover with each reread. A real find."—School Library Journal

"Fernandes' illustrations borrow both palette and a sense of vegetative lushness from Gauguin; Lucy's creations are almost wholly abstract....The text shares the illustrations' whimsy, delighting in words as much as Lucy delights in her art. A valuable lesson in pursuing your own artistic star."—Kirkus Reviews

“Rating: E...The text is carefully presented with humour, and nonsensical delight as each animal gives his or her more ridiculous suggestions. Fernandes’ illustrations are engaging, full of deep, vivid colour, humour and rendered in acrylic paint on canvas. The heroine learns a valuable lesson to be true to herself, to promote her self-expression and her art and to have confidence in herself.”—Resource Links

“[F]or child readers who love language, this story is a treat....The illustrations are an explosion of bright colours, light, and joy....The illustrations are every bit as energetic and cheerful as the text. Finding Lucy is recommended for young artists finding their own artistic voices and lovers of bright and vibrant illustrations. Recommended.”—CM Magazine

Finding Lucy is a character-rich story of confidence and self-expression paired with colourful and vibrant illustrations....A whimsical, heartfelt story about what happens when we try to satisfy other instead of our own creative muse.”—Canadian Children’s Book News

“Eugenie Fernandes has given us a story in words and pictures that supports that idea that creativity is an expression of self and needs to be embraced rather than questioned, especially when every armchair critic feels the need to voice their personal preferences and expects the artist to accommodate those....If Finding Lucy demonstrates anything it’s that those who observe art derive their perceptions from their perspective and attitudes and Lucy can’t possibly give every viewer what they need to see the art’s beauty. I’m glad that she finally trusts herself, and her very wise cat, that what she brings to her art is everything it needs to be to bring her joy.”—CanLit for LittleCanadians

“Using acrylic paint on canvas, Ms. Fernandes creates bold spreads that are both textured and detailed. She brings a joy to images that will encourage young children to try their hand at creating something of their own.”—Sal’s Fiction Addiction

Unwrapping Some Wonderful Illustrations 

The Book

Lucy is a free-spirited young girl with a talent for painting beautiful imaginative things like the colour of laughter, the flutter of birds, and the impulsiveness of the wind. She gets lost in her masterpieces and her heart is at peace while she is creating.  Each stroke of her brush brings her happiness and contentment.

One day a snooty rabbit reporter who came from the Daily News critiques her work and shatters her self confidence.  While she is painting the colour of laughter on her canvas he points out that her painting looks utterly ridiculous and it looks more like JELLYBEAN SOUP!  Oh my!  Lucy feels so hurt and crushed by his mean words.  A variety of other animals pay her a visit and voice their opinion too as to what her painting should look like.  Poor Lucy keeps making changes to appease her critics and in so doing becomes very unhappy and despondent indeed.  

In the midst of all these nay-sayers Lucy learns a very valuable life lesson.  She discovers that the most important thing is to be true to yourself and not try to always please others.  Her faithful loving cat encourages her to return to her own style of creating and when she takes his advice her happiness returns.  

The illustrations are whimsical and full of colour with lots of detail.  Young readers will ascertain that it's important to follow your own heart and your own uniqueness because those two things will bring happiness to your soul.  I highly recommend this book. 

Storywraps Rating:  5 +++ HUGS!!!!!

Meet the Author

Eugenie Fernandes is one of the most prolific minds in children’s publishing. She grew up in Long Island, New York and traces her creativity to a childhood spent enjoying nature. Her works include A Cat Adrift and A Cat in a Kayak, both featuring the recurring character Teelo the Cat. She lives with her husband in Peterborough, Ontario.

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