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I have to confess I accidentally bought this thinking it would give a simple potted over view of Bourgois’s art, not realising it was aimed at children! That said I’m not sure at what age group it would appeal. Whilst the drawings in themselves are lovely, they in no way reflect Louise Bourgeois work, apart from the occasional spider. The text hints at her early life but borders on the inappropriate for anyone under 10 and although minimal content is given what there is is grammatically poor. It is as if the author wasn’t sure how to carry out the task and is neither one thing or the other. Bourgeois work is often dark and I’m not sure I’d want a young child having this read to them. Neither is it informative for anyone else. Very disappointing.
Not exactly a subject for very young children in the first place. To start by saying, "Louise was raised by a river" is like saying that I was raised by wolves because they were nearby? Surprised the editors didn't rephrase. Besides which it isn't accurate. In order to present Louise Bourgeois to very young readers it's necessary to redact 90% of her life! Why choose this subject but on the other hand I'm glad her name is brought to the attention of others.
Her artistic production is one long art therapy session. Filled with angst and provocative images. Obsessed with anger, resentment, fear, retribution, gender difficulties, fleeing the Holocaust, death of sibling, on and on. I agree with the other two-star review. Her ingenious use of cloth and loving use of her own clothing in later years stands above any fiber art that I construct. BUT.... she's something to take in very small doses.
This book invites perusal by all ages -- somewhere a few pages in it loses a sense of wonder through dense, crowded images somewhat irrelevant to the life of this artist. That's why I feel snookered. Kind of bewildered and slimed. Maybe view in the library first and/or buy a grown up version of her life if it's information, inspiration you desire.
The Fabric Works is a much better source. More expensive but accurate. You could sit with a child and turn those pages together? Grow into the book together so that by the time it's a teenager next to you? The book itself is a good friend for life.
I am a fiber artist and a lover of children's books and picture books of all kinds. I was excited about this book, but once in my possession it left me strangely cold. The color pallet is so limited it is drab. The texture of cloth is not communicated in the drawings at all; they are without depth. The illustrator seems to have made no effort to communicate the tactile interest of textiles. The book left me feeling cheated; I expected to share in the subject's inspiration and vision, but I was disappointed.