Cloth Lullaby: the woven life of Louise Bourgeois

Publisher: Abrams

Review

This beautiful picture book is a biography of 20th-century artist Louise Bourgeois. It tells the story of her childhood and its influence on her work.

The tale is rich with poetic language and a gentle, hypnotic rhythm - perfect for reading out loud. However, there is the odd difficult word, so younger readers may need a little guidance through the story.

Those readers may also find the drawings of Louise Bourgeois's giant spider sculptures - her most famous work - a little scary. But the story does give them context, explaining the insect's web-spinning artistry, and how they represent Bourgeois's mother. An 'artists' note' at the back of the book also gives greater detail.

The real star of the book, however, is Isabelle Arsenault's illustrations. Every page is full of lines and swirls that subtly show how everything is connected like thread - especially our present to our past.

Share this page with your friends

More books like this

Matisse, King of Colour

Author: Laurence Anholt Illustrator: Bruce Ingman

This book centres on the teenage Monique, who comes to nurse Matisse, already an old man but living in rooms filled with his amazing colourful art.

Read more about Matisse, King of Colour

Frida Kahlo

Author: Ma Isabel Sanchez Vegara Illustrator: Gee Fan Eng Translator: Emma Martinez

Frida Kahlo's life story is adapted for younger readers - with bold and colourful illustrations, and an inspiring facts and photos section at the back.

Read more about Frida Kahlo