Discover the world of Henri Matisse through the eyes of his cat, La Puce. Join him and his two companions, Minouche and Coussi, as they spend their days in Matisse? sunny seaside apartment watching the artist create his paintings. As La Puce observes Matisse painting his masterpiece The Cat with the Red Fish, featuring Minouche, he too longs to be the subject of one of his paintings. After Matisse falls ill and can no longer paint standing up, La Puce tries to coax him back into painting by using himself as a model. When an accident happens, La Puce inspires the artist to create again . . . but this time using paper and scissors!
Joan Waites is an award-winning author-illustrator with more than 45 titles published for the children? trade and educational markets, including?A Colorful Tail. A former adjunct faculty member of the Corcoran Museum School of Art and Design, Joan now operates her own art teaching studio for children, and has been a featured speaker at schools, conferences, and artist-in-residence programs. She served as the Mid-Atlantic (SCBWI) Illustrator Coordinator for 20 years, is a member of the Children? Book Guild of Washington DC and the National Association of Art Educators.

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