An Artist's Night Before Christmas

illus. by Joan C. Waites. 32p. glossary. Pelican. Sept. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781455622054.
K-Gr 2—On the night before Christmas, le petit artiste Henri DuPaul is frustrated while trying to finish a gift for his friend. The mouse's work is disturbed by Santa, who takes time to advise him: "No matter which way you create your fine art,/a true friend will value a gift from the heart." Inspired, Henri paints a portrait of his friend Pierre, a cat. A glossary explains art terms and the few French words included in the rhymed couplets.
VERDICT For those in need of a Christmas-themed, art-related story. Otherwise, librarians can skip this title.

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