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Review of KATIE'S SUNDAY AFTERNOON by James Mayhew

by Becky Laney

Mayhew, James. 2005. KATIE'S SUNDAY AFTERNOON. New York: Orchard. ISBN 0439606780

KATIE’S SUNDAY AFTERNOON is the latest in a series of “Katie” books written and illustrated by James Mayhew. Like the earlier books in the series, KATIE’S SUNDAY AFTERNOON serves as an introduction to an artistic style--in this case pointillists--for young readers. Katie and her grandma are enjoying an afternoon together. They both hope to ease the summer heat by going swimming, but when the swimming pool is full, they decide to visit the art museum. While Grandma has a nap on a bench, Katie wanders the gallery alone looking for relief. “Katie found a room full of amazing pictures. They were painted in thousands of brightly colored dots.” Individual pictures Katie looks at--and visits in her own imaginative way--include Bathers at Asnieres by Georges Seurat, Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte also by Georges Seurat, Port of Honfleur again by Seurat, Hanging up the Washing by Camille Pissarro, and Portrait of Felix Feneon by Paul Signac. The text and illustrations are both imaginative and informative.After the story concludes, Mayhew provides more information about the pointillists.

Other books in the “Katie” series include KATIE IN LONDON, KATIE AND THE DINOSAURS, KATIE’S PICTURE SHOW, KATIE AND THE MONA LISA, KATIE MEETS THE IMPRESSIONISTS, and KATIE AND THE SUNFLOWERS.

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