From School Library Journal
Grade 3–5—This latest selection in Charlotte's exciting adventures takes the fictional child from Giverny in 1895 where her father is learning to paint "en plein air" to London. As in the earlier titles, Knight blends cameo appearances of historical figures into the fictional narrative. For example, Charlotte's mother tries to enlist artist John Singer Sargent to paint her portrait and is seated at a dinner party next to Mr. Henry James. Charlotte and her friend Lizzy visit many monumental landmarks, from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace. The text highlights both French and British culture; French phrases and historical facts are smoothly integrated within the text. Diary entries, watercolor paintings, and museum reproductions combine to create a detailed background. Featured artists' biographical information provides added depth to the period. There's much to explore in the mixed-media and watercolor art. Art aficionados and fans of Charlotte in Paris
(2003) and Charlotte in Giverny
(2000, both Chronicle) will enjoy these vivid British travels.—Meg Smith, Cumberland County Public Library, Fayetteville, NC
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Art-loving Charlotte, who has globe-trotted from Giverny to Paris to New York, now writes of her trip to London in 1895 in this handsomely illustrated journal. The family goes to England in hopes that Charlotte’s mother will be painted by John Singer Sargent, but that’s only a thread in this story, which is as much about new adventures as it is about art. As in previous books, much care and thought have been put into the book’s design. Sweet’s own illustrations are small gems, but there are interesting reproductions here as well. For readers who want to know more, there’s plenty of back matter to inform. A bloomin’ delight. Grades 2-5. --Ilene Cooper