Author(s): Giancarlo Ascari
This is a perfect first-facts book about Monet, telling the story of the artist and his work through the famous garden at Giverny that so inspired him. Monets lavish paintings are re-imagined in zesty, energetic and amusing ways with illustrations that younger readers will find amusing and engaging. They tell the story of Monet and his garden: his arrival; the country clothes he wore; the bright Japanese prints he collected; how the Impressionist artist painted outdoors, rain or shine; the thousands of seed-packets he ordered; his gardeners, who have to leave Giverny to go to war. Spread by spread the garden is explained and built up with Ascaris and Valentiniss original illustrations, which take Monets work as their starting point and transform it in beautiful and unexpected ways.
Giancarlo Ascari (aka Elfo) is a cartoonist and journalist who has illustrated and written for major Italian newspapers and magazines and is the author of several graphic novels. Pia Valentinis is an Italian author and illustrator and a winner of the Hans Christian Andersen Award for illustration.