Such is the case of the Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois, written by Amy Novesky with drawings by Montreal illustrator Isabelle Arsenault.

Based on the life of renowned French artist, Louise Bourgeois (December 11, 1911 - May 31, 2010), it seeks its material in her childhood, and the pun is not quite unintentional.

Bourgeois was born into a family that restored tapestries for a living, surrounded by colourful fabrics and art, and that world later found its expression in her art.

One of her most famous sculpture is that of a spider and titled "Maman", in reference to, and reverence of, her mother's weaving skills.

But before she embarked on her magnificent three-dimensional works - one of her iconic spider sculptures stands close to 10 metres high - she first ap­pren­ticed with her beloved mother, becoming a tapestry artist, thus translating her family's trade into an artis­tic endeavour.
The book tells the story of a little girl who learns how to repair threadbare tapestries, only to become a famous sculptor.

With great sensitivity to both art and the mind of a child, Novesky's text is poetic and informative, and combined with Arsenault's stunning, delicate illus­trations, makes this book an irresistible offering.

It also includes several photographs of Bourgeois and her 'spiders', and some of her quotes, handwritten by Arsenault.

Amy Novesky is an American award-winning children's book author and editor. She is represented by Caryn Wiseman of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

Isabelle Arsenault studied Graphic Design at the Université du Québec à Montréal. She is internationally recognized for her work, and has won the Governor General's Award for Children's Literature three times.

Two of her picture books were named as the New York Times Best Illustrated Books of the Year.

Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois
By Amy Novesky
Illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault

Abrams, 40 pages, $22.95