Cezanne and the Apple Boy by Laurence Anholt

Cezanne and the Apple Boy

Written by Laurence Anholt
Illustrated by Laurence Anholt
Part of the Anholt's Artists Series

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The story of the summer young Paul Cézanne spent with his father is an exciting one in itself: he accompanied his father – a man he hardly knew – on painting expeditions, camped in the mountains, and watched his father paint. Anholt has the elder Cézanne explain, ‘I am inventing a new kind of painting … I make everything into simple shapes’, and illustrates this with reproductions of Cézanne‘s paintings. The story goes on to tell how the locals laughed at him, but a chance meeting with a picture dealer resulted in recognition of the artist’s genius, and fame and fortune. An inspiring book which helps children to understand Cézanne‘s creative vision. ~ Andrea Reece


Cezanne and the Apple Boy by Laurence Anholt

Paul Cezanne was one of the greatest of the French impressionist painters. This delightful book follows his son, also called Paul, as he travels to the mountains to spend a summer with his father. He discovers that his father, a very large man, paints the natural world with a passion that few can understand. But one day they meet an art dealer in a village who offers to try to sell some of the paintings in Paris ...the rest is history.

The reader gains a real insight into Cezanne the man through the eyes of a child - sometimes frightening, fastidious (he won't touch other people), warm-hearted, driven by a passion for his art. And it provides a vivid introduction to Cezanne's work, with reproductions of his most famous paintings incorporated in the illustrations.


Provides a way into the lives of painters for children but they are good picture books in their own right. Carousel

Beautifully depicted with Cezanne's pictures and Anholt's own illustrations, this is an inspiring introduction to the world of art for children. Irish Examiner

A welcome addition to the Laurence Anholt series on artists. School Librarian

A sensitive, thought-provoking non-fiction book that resonates with the reader. English 4-11

About the Author

Laurence Anholt

Laurence Anholt has written over seventy books, many in collaboration with his wife Catherine. They are both highly regarded in the UK and abroad as a successful author/illustrator team, and have had their books translated into many different languages. They met as undergraduates at Falmouth School of Art, and went on to achieve Master’s Degrees from the Royal Academy of Art and the Royal College respectively. The books which they have collaborated on are based firmly within their own family’s experiences, and many of Catherine’s illustrations depict scenes which families will recognise. It is this element which has helped to make their books so successful. Laurence also writes and illustrates his own books, and has written books with other illustrators, notably the Seriously Silly Stories, a topsy turvy series based on traditional tales but with a wonderful new twist. These were hilariously illustrated by Arthur Robins. In this series, Snow White and the Seven Aliens was awarded The Smarties Book Prize, and was shortlisted for the Federation of Children’s Book Groups Children’s Book Award and the Experian Big Three Book Prize. Daft Jack and the Beanstack was on the Sheffield Book Award shortlist and Ghostyshocks and the Three Scares was Pick of the Year for the Children’s Book Award. Laurence writes for a wide range of ages and is one of the most popular authors of today. Catherine and Laurence Anholt live in Lyme Regis with their three children.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 5


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Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd

Publication date

4th June 2015




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