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Katie's Sunday Afternoon Hardcover – March 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard (March 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439606780
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439606783
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #627,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3 - As in Katie and the Sunflowers (2001) and Katie and the Mona Lisa (1999, both Scholastic), Mayhew continues his picture-book explorations of masterpieces with this foray into the world of the Pointillists. This time, his protagonist cools off on a hot day at the museum by climbing into Georges Seurat's Bathers at Asnières. As she rests on the edge of the frame, it tilts, spilling water into the gallery. When the child hops over into Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte and invites a young girl to play with her in the gallery's rising water, the other figures are quick to follow. The climax features the footsteps of a guard and a last-minute save by the magic of the gentleman from Paul Signac's Portrait of Felix Feneon. While the paintings Mayhew combines cannot actually be found in a single museum, the juxtaposition allows him to introduce famous examples of Pointillism. Acknowledgements and brief biographical notes clarify locations and present basic facts about the artists. Although Mayhew's copies are brighter and less subtle than the originals, children will get the point. The book will serve as a lighthearted introduction or follow-up to Robert Burleigh's fascinating and interactive presentation of both the artist and his controversial piece in Seurat and La Grande Jatte (Abrams, 2004). - Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library
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Gr. 1-3. One summer day, Katie and her grandmother head for the art museum, but the gallery is uncomfortably warm. When Katie spies Georges Seurat's Bathers at Asnieres, the painting is so vivid that she can almost feel the breeze and hear the river, "so she climb[s] over the frame and inside the picture." As Grandma snoozes, Katie dons her swimsuit and splashes into the river. When water starts pouring out of the painting into the gallery, the dual realities merge quite--fluidly. Katie (and Jacques from Bathers) jump in and out of famous pointillist paintings until they have to borrow a boat from Seurat's Port of Honfleur. In the end, the magician from Paul Signac's Portrait of Felix Feneon restores order just as the guard comes around the bend. The watercolor artwork is in a simple impressionistic style. A note about the pointillists Georges Seurat, Paul Signac, and Camille Pissarro closes another of Mayhew's playful, imaginative celebrations of the happy fusion of life and art. Karin Snelson
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More About the Author

Born in 1964, James Mayhew studied illustration at Maidstone College of Art, graduating in 1987 with first class honours. His first book for children Katie's Picture Show (Orchard Books) was published in 1989, beginning his million-selling series of books introducing the work of famous artists to children. There are now nine books about Katie, exploring artists from the Italian Renaissance to Post-Impressionism.

A passionate advocate of art and culture for the very young, James's books range from Shakespearean anthologies (To Sleep, Perchance to Dream; Shakespeare's Storybook), through to grand opera (The Barefoot Book of Stories from the Opera) and most recently ballet, with the Ella Bella Ballerina series. His books are published in many languages including Chinese Mandarin, Japanese, Spanish, Catalan, Greek, German, Italian, Brazilian, French, Korean, Finnish, Danish, Swedish and Estonian.

James has now published over fifty books for children and has illustrated works by many well known contemporary writers: Philippa Pearce's Beauty And The Beast (Macdonald), Elisabeth Beresford's Lizzie's War (Hodder), Martin Waddell's Boneless And The Tinker (Orchard Books), Joyce Dunbar's Mouse & Mole books (Corgi - adapted for television in 1997 and featuring the voices of Alan Bennett and Richard Briers), and Jenny Koralek's The Boy And The Cloth Of Dreams (Walker Books), for which he was awarded the New York Times Book Illustration Prize in 1994.

As a writer, James enjoys creating texts for other illustrators, including Who wants a Dragon? for Lindsey Gardiner (short listed for the Sheffield Children's Book Award) and Can you see a little Bear? for Jackie Morris.

An experienced storyteller, James has devised and performed unique orchestral concerts for children with narration and live illustration, including Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, Stravinsky's Firebird and Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition for the de Havilland Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2008 he was invited to participate in workshops and children's promenade performances at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

His book Koshka's Tales: Stories From Russia (Kingfisher Books), has been adapted for the Syracuse symphony Orchestra, New York as a children's concert using music by Rimsky-Korsakov and he has also illustrated for the Mariinsky (Kirov) Opera, St. Petersburg and for the Metropolitan Opera Guild in New York.

James is invited to speak internationally at schools and at Literary and Arts festivals, including the Cheltenham, Bath and Edinburgh Festivals, organising a wide variety of art projects with children. He has taught courses on writing for the Arvon Foundation, and also teaches illustration at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.

Forthcoming projects include new Katie and Ella Bella titles.

James is a member of the Art Worker's Guild and the Society Of Authors.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By N. Erskine on August 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book takes the reader on a journey through a young girls imagination and provides a unique exposure for young children in art appreciation. The end of each book provides information on the artist, materials used to create the art form and the location of the painting. Both of my daughters, age two and five, really enjoyed reading the collection of Katie's adventures. I would recommend buying the hardcover books for long lasting use, because you will be reading it again and again!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cecily on May 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
We love the Katie books, a great way to introduce your child to art masterpieces while having an adventure in the story!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Pilson on December 13, 2006
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My two-year-old daughter Katie cannot get enough of this book. It comes with us wherever we go, we read it day and night, and she has been wearing her bathing suit for three weeks now because she wants to be 'just like Katie.' There is something extremely magical about this book! Also, I like this story better than some of the others -- Katie is less of a rascal in this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TD Mom of 5 on September 1, 2005
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I read this with my 6 year old. We checked out a book about Seurat at the same time so I could show her the actual paintings. She giggled as we read. It was fun for the art to come alive.
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