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Children's Fiction Art & Architecture

Finding Lucy

illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes

Pajama Press Inc.
Initial publish date
Oct 2019
Art & Architecture, Emotions & Feelings, General, Friendship
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2019
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: k to 3


A thoughtful young artist is challenged to overcome a series of unruly naysayers and rediscover the value of her creative spirit

How do you paint the color of laughter, or the flutter of birds, or the whimsy of the wind? Lucy, a thoughtful girl with a brush, a smock, and a sassy cat, is determined to find out. But after a snide rabbit appears with his own opinion of what Lucy should paint, the young artist’s confidence is shaken. And worst of all, the rabbit isn’t the only visitor keen to make their voice heard.

Acclaimed author-illustrator Eugenie Fernandes delivers a rich picture book about the value of independence and self-expression


About the author

Née en 1943, près de New York, EUGÉNIE FERNANDES puise son admiration pour les animaux et la nature dans les souvenirs de son enfance. Son inspiration, elle la doit en grande partie à son père, illustrateur de bandes dessinées, avec qui elle passait de longues heures dans son studio. En 1965, elle obtient son diplôme de l'école des Arts Visuels de New York et commence alors sa carrière en tant qu'illustratrice. Eugenie a écrit ou illustré plus de 80 livres dont Grosse journée, petite souris! et Caféolait s'en va-t-en ville. Elle vit aujourd'hui dans le sud de l'Ontario et travaille depuis sa maison dans son studio surplombant un lac et la forêt environnante.



EUGENIE FERNANDES loved exploring the outdoors and making her own little books when she was young. As an adult she has combined these interests by creating books such as Ribbon Rescue, The Tree that Grew to the Moon, Waves in the Bathtub, One More Pet, and Grandpa Dan's Toboggan Ride.



Eugenie is part of a very artistic family. Her father was a comic book illustrator, her husband, Henry Fernandes, is a picture book illustrator who collaborated with her on the book Ordinary Amos and the Amazing Fish, and her two children are also artists. Eugenie lives near Peterborough, Ontario, where she works in a studio that is surrounded by water and woods.


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  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens Spring

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Finding Lucy

2020 CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens Spring Selection

“Beautiful, bright, and fanciful illustrations using acrylics on canvas gift readers with delightful details....The prose is mainly conversational, lengthy at times, and includes entertaining adjectives such as atrocious and flabbergasting. Moreover, the careful choice of words invites children to think about the correlation between art, color, and feelings. VERDICT There are many facets to this book that will give viewers something new to discover with each reread. A real find."—School Library Journal

"Fernandes' illustrations borrow both palette and a sense of vegetative lushness from Gauguin; Lucy's creations are almost wholly abstract....The text shares the illustrations' whimsy, delighting in words as much as Lucy delights in her art. A valuable lesson in pursuing your own artistic star."—Kirkus Reviews

“Rating: E...The text is carefully presented with humour, and nonsensical delight as each animal gives his or her more ridiculous suggestions. Fernandes’ illustrations are engaging, full of deep, vivid colour, humour and rendered in acrylic paint on canvas. The heroine learns a valuable lesson to be true to herself, to promote her self-expression and her art and to have confidence in herself.”—Resource Links

“[F]or child readers who love language, this story is a treat....The illustrations are an explosion of bright colours, light, and joy....The illustrations are every bit as energetic and cheerful as the text. Finding Lucy is recommended for young artists finding their own artistic voices and lovers of bright and vibrant illustrations. Recommended.”—CM Magazine

Finding Lucy is a character-rich story of confidence and self-expression paired with colourful and vibrant illustrations....A whimsical, heartfelt story about what happens when we try to satisfy other instead of our own creative muse.”—Canadian Children’s Book News

“A great read aloud for the art teacher to discuss independence and self-expression.”—Youth Services Book Review

“Eugenie Fernandes has given us a story in words and pictures that supports that idea that creativity is an expression of self and needs to be embraced rather than questioned, especially when every armchair critic feels the need to voice their personal preferences and expects the artist to accommodate those....If Finding Lucy demonstrates anything it’s that those who observe art derive their perceptions from their perspective and attitudes and Lucy can’t possibly give every viewer what they need to see the art’s beauty. I’m glad that she finally trusts herself, and her very wise cat, that what she brings to her art is everything it needs to be to bring her joy.”—CanLit for LittleCanadians

“Using acrylic paint on canvas, Ms. Fernandes creates bold spreads that are both textured and detailed. She brings a joy to images that will encourage young children to try their hand at creating something of their own.”—Sal’s Fiction Addiction

“The illustrations are whimsical and full of colour with lots of detail. Young readers will ascertain that it’s important to follow your own heart and your own uniqueness because those two things will bring happiness to your soul. I highly recommend this book.”—Storywraps

“[Finding Lucy] mingles an old fashioned storybook sensibility (there are talking animals, and the cat is called ‘the cat’) with a dazzling and delightful abstraction, and the most delicious vocabulary. In fact, this is a book that relishes language just as much as it does colour and art…”—Pickle Me This

“This book is full of colour and movement and there are so many small things to see when you look at it, just like a good painting. This book is a reminder to readers that we are all individual and should express ourselves in the way that feels right to us, no matter what others say.”—Canadian Bookworm


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