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Remy and Lulu
Hawkes, Kevin, author, illustrator.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2014]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
A down-on-his-luck painter with poor eyesight teams up with a dog with a knack for painting portraits.
Reading Level:
570 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.7 0.5 168787.
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J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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Ooh la la! From New York Times bestseller Kevin Hawkes, illustrator of Library Lion and Weslandia , comes the charming story of a dog and her owner who become the toast of Paris.

Lulu and her master, Remy, a passionate but struggling portrait painter, wander the French countryside looking for customers. They don't need much business --just enough for some figs and cheese to keep their bellies full--but not many people seem to appreciate Remy's abstract style.

Before long, Lulu secretly lends a paw to Remy's work and-- voil#65533;! --the pair are the most celebrated artists on the salon circuit. If only Remy knew why . . .

With art from both beloved children's book illustrator Kevin Hawkes and award-winning miniatures artist Hannah Harrison, this funny and heartwarming story about friendship and creativity shows that there are many ways to be good at the same thing . . . and that a true friend is always there for you.

Author Notes

KEVIN HAWKES is the author and illustrator of The Wicked Big Toddlah and The Wicked Big Toddlah Goes to New York , and is the illustrator of many well-loved books for young readers including Library Lion , My Little Sister Ate One Hare and My Little Sister Hugged an Ape ; And to Think that We Thought that We'd Never Be Friends ; The Road to Oz ; and Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly .

HANNAH HARRISON has been an artist since she could hold a crayon. She has won many awards for her painting and was named the best new miniature artist in America by the Cider Painters of America.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

In nineteenth-century Paris, Lulu the dog studies art with a great portraitist. Abandoned when the painter moves away, she joins Remy, an itinerant artist with poor eyesight but, as he says, clear vision. His subjects are often offended by his rather abstract portraits, in which he seeks to capture the person's essence rather than a likeness, but everyone praises the paintings after noticing Lulu's detailed, romanticized miniature portraits of their pets at the bottom of each canvas. Realizing that only Lulu's art is appreciated, Remy becomes despondent until he finds a patron who recognizes and celebrates his unique vision. The original story transports children to another time and place, while heightening their awareness of different approaches to painting. Hawkes' nicely composed acrylic paintings enlarge the well-paced narrative with vividly drawn characters and settings and witty details. In a suitably different style, Harrison contributes the amusing animal portraits purportedly painted by Lulu. An enjoyable picture book for reading aloud.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Perhaps as a hat tip to their own collaboration-Harrison was once Hawkes's intern-Hawkes (Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch) tells a story about two fictional artists who work together. Lovable, nearsighted Remy wears a baggy purple smock and bottle-bottom spectacles, and paints cubist-style portraits. "I paint the essence of a person, not their likeness," he says, just before a disgruntled subject breaks a canvas over his head. Unbeknownst to the myopic Remy, his brilliant hound, Lulu, sneaks exquisite, sardonic portraits of the owners' pets into the corners of Remy's larger portraits; these miniatures are Harrison's (Extraordinary Jane) work. When Remy gets a pair of proper glasses and realizes that Lulu's work has been winning the praise he thought belonged to him, there's a period of chilly alienation before the two reconcile. Hawkes's artwork is characteristically sunny and lighthearted, while Harrison's detailed miniatures, whose animal subjects are posed in elaborate period costumes, sit a bit uneasily atop Hawkes's spreads. While the end result is thoroughly charming, they testify to some unwritten truth about the difficulty of reconciling two visual universes within the same book. Ages 4-9. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-This is a delightful story that must be viewed and read several times to capture all of its wonderful details, humor, and charm. Remy is an artist who paints "the essence of a person, not their likeness," no doubt because of his very poor eyesight. Lulu is a Jack Russell-type dog who becomes Remy's traveling companion, but Lulu happens to be an artist as well. When Remy sets up his huge canvasses to paint a portrait, Lulu draws a miniature portrait down along the bottom of the canvas at Lulu height, but Lulu's subjects are the animals that each poser has with him or her. While Remy's portraits are quite abstract and usually integrate some of the pet's features into the image of the sitter, Lulu creates finely detailed portraitures of the pets with extravagant clothing reminiscent of their owner. The patrons are astonished at Lulu's talent, and the duo become solvent, as well as the talk of the town. It is only when one patron, an optometrist, gives Remy a new pair of spectacles that Remy "sees" why his popularity has taken a sharp upturn. The result is utter despondence until an invitation comes their way that gives both a new perspective. Reminiscent of Peggy Rathmann's Officer Buckle and Gloria (Putnam, 1995), the dog is the one with the crowd-pleasing talent, while the human remains oblivious for a time. Children and adults will enjoy giving the two types of paintings a close look and picking up the subtle humor in each. Hawkes has done the illustrations for the story, but Harrison is credited for creating Lulu's miniatures. The contrast of the two types of illustration is what make this book so clever.-Maggie Chase, Boise State University, ID (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.