Gather around this great book for an up-close and personal look at some of the world’s most famous paintings. Although many of these masterpieces will be familiar to readers, the interesting commentary accompanying the artwork reveals fascinating details and insights that are not ordinarily known. These pages are like having a private tour guide whisper wonderful new facts in your ear as you recline in the comfort of your favorite reading chair.
The paintings represent art from several periods of history. Leonardo’s Mona Lisa and Warhol’s Marilyn exemplify the broad base from which these masterpieces were chosen. Readers will be directed to over one hundred details thoughtfully explained by the book’s author. Imagery and the use of light and color, as well as the painting’s overall theme, are highlighted with meaningful text. A short biography of each artist is present, offering glimpses into the motivation of the artwork and the time period in which it was produced.
The book has a wonderfully interactive feel as insightful questions are posed. Young readers will enjoy the lift-the-flap keys that provide the answers, while audiences of all ages will have their observation skills sharpened as they seek the seemingly hidden details in each masterpiece. These pages truly offer everyone an enjoyable way to learn more about art in a friendly and fun atmosphere. This is the type of book that will never stay on a shelf but will always be in a child’s hands. The author is to be commended for showing readers of all ages the beauty of these paintings and the loving details that each artist placed within them.
Joyce Handzo/2006 for curled
up with a good kid's book