Review: Louise Loves Art

Louise Loves Art
by Kelly Light
Published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers (September 9, 2014)
Ages 4-8

My Rating: 4 Stars

I happened upon this great interview with Kelly Light on KidLit TV the other day. She discusses her love of cartoons and talks about her debut picture book, Louise Loves Art.

Louise is a serious artist working on creating her masterpiece for her big show. Art is not only Louise’s passion, Art is also the name of her little brother. As Louise says, “To be a great artist, you have to notice everything.” But, is she paying attention Art? Let’s just say her focus on finding a place for her masterpiece blinds her to what’s about to happen. One might expect the world to explode when she realizes what he’s done, but this little artist has a heart of gold. She loves Art.

The play on words in the title is a terrific hook. The cat is comical throughout, especially when posing for the masterpiece and when calling our attention to what Art is up to. And, the limited color palette helps focus the story on the characters and action, especially Art’s idolization of his big sister.

Louise Loves Art is a sweet story about forgiveness, siblings and creativity.

If you watch the interview at KidLit TV, Kelly introduces us to a new character in the next book, Louise and Andie: The Art of Friendship (scheduled for release June 14, 2016). Andie is a new neighbor. She’s another artist, but so very different from Louise. I can’t wait to read about their friendship!

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