Vincent Can’t Sleep
By Barb Rosenstock
Illustrated by Mary GrandPré
Knopf Books for Young Readers
A gorgeous, lyrical picture-book biography of Vincent van Gogh by the Caldecott Honor team behind The Noisy Paint Box.
Vincent can’t sleep . . .
out, out, out he runs!
flying through the garden—marigold, geranium, blackberry, raspberry—
past the church with its tall steeple, down rolling hills and sandy paths meant for sheep,
He dives at last into the velvety, violet heath, snuggles under a blanket of sapphire sky,
and looks up, up, up . . . to visit with the stars.
Vincent van Gogh often found himself unable to sleep and wandered under starlit skies. Those nighttime experiences provided the inspiration for many of his paintings, including his most famous, The Starry Night. Van Gogh sold only one painting in his lifetime—but he continued to pursue his unique vision, and ultimately became one of the most beloved artists of all time.
From the same team behind the Caldecott Honor Book The Noisy Paint Box, Vincent Can’t Sleep is a stunning book that offers insight into the true meaning of creativity and commitment.
Backmatter includes three paintings by Van Gogh, an author’s note, and sources. Junior Library Guild Selection.
“a soft, sad lovely introduction to a masterpiece.”
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews
“A beautiful exploration of van Gogh’s influences and achievements.”
Starred Review, BookList
“This versatile book is both an outstanding choice for reading aloud or for introducing art history concepts to young audiences.”
School Library Journal
“Not a word is wasted as Rosenstock paints a marvelous portrait of the artist with a minimum of words.”
The Buffalo News
“moving study of Van Gogh’s fraught efforts to translate his ideas to canvas.”
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