Synopses & Reviews
Visual humor sweetens an artful tale about a fish who suddenly sees everything a new way — thanks to a charismatic companion.
Paul is a fish who used to go around in circles. He made big circles and little circles. He circled from left to right and from right to left. He circled from top to bottom and from bottom to top. What else was there to do? Until one day Bernadette drops in and shows Paul that there is a whole world out there, right outside his bowl, with so many things to see. A banana-shaped boat! A blue elephant with a spoutlike trunk (be quiet when shes feeding her babies)! A lovely lunetta butterfly, with tortoise-shell rims! Simple saturated paintings play off this charming ode to an active imagination — and the way that life changes when a bewitching creature opens your eyes.
"Two goldfish admire the view from their bowl in Lamb's promising debut. At first, orange juice hued Paul spends all his time circling 'from left to right and from right to left,' without much emotion or variety. 'And then one day, Bernadette dropped in.' The newcomer, a saucy tomato-red fish, makes imaginative observations about their kitchen-table surroundings, pronouncing a banana 'a boat' and a teapot 'an elephant.' As the fish watch the 'elephant' filling teacups (courtesy of an offstage human hand), Berna-dette cautions, 'you must not disturb her when she is feeding her babies.' Amused children will protest as Paul falls under Bernadette's spell, especially when Paul correctly identifies a pair of fried eggs and Bernadette contradicts him: 'That is the sun and the moon!' Lamb's delectable painting technique recalls that of confection-master Wayne Thiebaud; her backdrops resemble buttercream frosting in turquoise, sky blue, and lichen green, and she limns the fishes' domain with impasto brushstrokes of white, yellow, and marine blue. Her sly approach to the way that love and friendship can alter one's very view of life welcomes repeat visits. Ages 4 8." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Rosy Lamb is a painter and sculptor. She lives in a studio with tall windows on a quiet street in Paris. Paul Meets Bernadette is her first childrens book. She painted the pictures for this book while her baby daughter slept by her side.