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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books; New Ed edition (20 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711221561
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711221567
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 0.3 x 29 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In a career spanning three decades, Laurence Anholt has produced over 200 children's books, which are published in more than 30 languages.

Titles like the hilarious Seriously Silly Stories and the self-illustrated Anholt's Artists series have sold many millions of copies around the world. Laurence has also collaborated on numerous picture books with his wife, the artist, Catherine Anholt.

Born in 1959, Laurence Anholt was brought up mainly in Holland where he developed a lasting love of Art. He went on to study Painting for 8 years, culminating in a Master's Degree from the Royal Academy of Art in London. Catherine and Laurence live and work in a house on a hill with studios and wild flower meadows, overlooking the sea in Devon, southwest England.

Laurence's books have won numerous awards, including the prestigious Nestlé Smarties Gold Award on two occasions. For more than a decade, Laurence has been amongst the top 200 Most Borrowed Authors from UK libraries across all genres. He was included in the Independent on Sunday's Top 10 Children's Authors in the UK and was described by William Watt as "one of the most versatile authors writing for children today".

Catherine and Laurence have been closely involved with a number of literacy schemes such as the UK Government funded Bookstart scheme. Their publication Babies Love Books (also a much-loved picture book) encourages parents to share books with babies from the earliest possible age. Their work has taken them inside Buckingham Palace and Downing Street on several occasions.

Laurence's self‐illustrated Anholt's Artists series, is an introduction to great artists for young children. These beautiful books are used as part of the national school curriculum in many countries and are sold in galleries and museums all over the world. The books, which include Camille and the Sunflowers, Degas and the Little Dancer and The Magical Garden of Claude Monet have taken Laurence on many fascinating journeys of discovery. Each scrupulously researched story is based on an actual encounter between a real child and a great artist. In several instances, Laurence has been assisted by relatives of the artists or by the protagonists themselves - for example, Laurence developed a long-standing friendship with Sylvette David, Picasso's Girl With a Ponytail. This series currently includes 9 titles and it has been adapted in many forms, including Apps for iPads, stage and TV productions and a full scale van Gogh musical which Laurence launched in Korea. The Anholt's Artists books are renowned not only for their educational value, but also for their life-affirming themes of aspiration, tolerance and acceptance of those who are different.

Laurence Anholt is a much sought after public speaker, talking about literature and his own zany view of life at conferences such as the European Council of International Schools Conference, the Society of Authors' Bi-Annual Conference and the Edinburgh Festival.

The Anholts have three grown up children, Claire and twins, Tom and Maddy. Claire is an anthropologist who works for the UN Secretariat in New York, Maddy is an actor living in London and Tom is a successful artist based in Berlin.

Laurence Anholt's interests include art, literature, adventure travel and Buddhist meditation.

For further information visit the Anholts' website: http://www.anholt.co.uk

Follow Laurence on Twitter: https://twitter.com/LaurenceAnholt



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Use of a child's perspective renders the subject matter more accessible for children, helps to disguise the educational aspect of the book and brings a fresh sense of wonder to the artist. The illustrations are bright and cheerful, with a couple of repeated motifs, such as van Gogh's pipe and straw hat, to ensure the images are simple but memorable. The writing is simple and spare but with well-chosen words, which should leave children effortlessly remembering that van Gogh painted sunflowers, and that he was unappreciated in his lifetime. The themes are that of being patient, whilst not giving up, in the face of rejection and tolerance of people who are different. (Elizabeth Jones www.writeaway.org.uk)

Delightful… a most attractive introduction to the artist and his work (School Librarian)

The excellent illustrations include some of Van Gogh's own work and the picture of him in his bedroom is cleverly based on his own painting. The story includes the way he was teased and driven away for being different so it leads naturally to discussion of bullying (Books for Keeps)

About the Author

Laurence Anholt is part of a husband-and-wife team who have worked together on more than 60 picture books, published all over the world in more than 17 different languages. Their picture books – including the Chimp and Zee series – have won numerous awards and have been featured on television and radio. Laurence has been described by William Watt as one of the most versatile authors writing for children today. He was brought up mainly in Holland where he developed a lasting passion for art. He is a much sought after public speaker, appearing at conferences such as the European Council of International Schools Conference, the Northern Children's Book Festival and the Edinburgh Festival.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Oct 2000
Format: Paperback
Lusciously illustrated in a "mock van Gogh" style that adds to the understanding of his paintings, this book will delight your toddler and your older child, too. Based on real events (though clearly the edited highlights) it will help your child to understand the magic of art, and not just van Gogh's. No happy endings though, this is real life. Anholt treats the delicate subject of Vincent's mental instability and the ear-mutilation episode with sensitivity, understanding and pathos. Camille, the little boy in the title, struggles to come to terms with intolerence and misunderstanding through ignorance, whilst trying to be a real friend to Vincent. It is utterly charming and I have read it and re-read to my kids - because we all like it so much! This is not Anholt's only foray into making "high-brow" subjects like fine art accessible to children. His books on Degas and Picasso are also entirely enchanting.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Mar 2001
Format: Paperback
A lovely book with excellent illustrations encorporating Van Gough's own art work. This book gives a fictional view of Van Gough's thoughts behind some of his most beautiful work. The book comes complete with lesson ideas for year 2, although I used the book with a reception class as we were looking at Van Gough's sunflowers. It was a big hit as the children built up empathy with Van Gough and they produced brillant paintings themselves. It does not mention the ear!! and so is suitable for a primary age and is a fantastic teaching tool, and an easy to afford price!.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ELH Browning VINE VOICE on 28 Sep 2005
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I think this is a wonderful way to introduce children to the paintings of Van Gogh through a gentle story of Van Gogh's time in Camille's town. All the illustrations are in a Van Gogh-esque style and the yellow fields, night sky, house and chair etc appear just in the background illustrations. In addition there are reproductions of some portraits and the famous sunflower painting. The story is quite sad as it reflects the true story where Van Gogh is not accepted by the people of the town, but his unhappiness is relatively implicit so my children (2&4) understand this as teasing rather than anything stronger, and at the end when Van Gogh leaves but they just assume he's off to paint elsewhere. If you wanted to draw out lessons on being different, talk about great masters etc. this is a very good starting point.
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By A Customer on 8 July 2001
Format: Hardcover
Camille and the Sunflowers is a great introduction to the world of art. It is beautifully illustrated.Children are introduced ot Vincent's life and works. Original paintings merge with wonderfully illustrated watercolours.The book is visually appealing to the younger child.There is a social and moral message to this book.Camille seems to be Vincent's only supporter as the villagers turn against him.Camille's father tells us that people often laugh at things that are different. I like the way it shows children to be accepting of difference and being non-judgemental.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Winton on 4 April 2009
Format: Paperback
Used this book as an introduction to Van Gogh for year 4. Great story - would be suitable for year 2 to year 6.
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By Olive Ryan on 17 May 2009
Format: Paperback
You will really love this book. It is such a lovely story. I fell in love with it immediately. Theme :- Its ok to be different and people often laugh at things that are different. children will love this story of Camille and they can see many of Van Goghs paintings which are cleverly illustrated in the story . 10/10
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By S Small on 3 Mar 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Useful teaching resource in primary schools - have used it to introduce artist to a primary three class. Great picturesand a lovely story.
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By mrsatroy on 30 Jan 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful book that allows you to introduce children to the great artists through the medium of storytelling. It is beautifully illustrated and a touching story. I would highly recommend.
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