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Book Review: The Art Book for Children

Sitting on the coffee table by the fire, The Art Book for Children has made for some fun discussions after dinner this winter.

Featuring 60 artists and over 100 artworks, this hardback book is intended to provide kids with an introduction to the world’s greatest artists. It includes stunning, large-scale reproductions of famous works, along with information about the artists and the works themselves. But it’s not stuffy high-brow stuff that turns the adults or the kids off, but fascinating facts and intriguing details, that have you looking at the artworks in a whole different way.

There are also guiding questions included like: ‘how many tubes of yellow paint do you think van Gogh used for this picture?’ that really get the kids going too.

This new revised and expanded edition includes masters such as Botticelli, Raphael, and Degas while also showcasing unknown or underrepresented artists who have since become an important part of the art scene, as well as more contemporary artists. Think Robert Duncanson, Hilma af Klint, Frida Kahlo, Faith Ringgold, Nam June Paik, Yayoi Kusama, and Kerry James Mashall.

And if those names don’t mean anything to you, they will after a good flick through this book. It’s not just the kids who have been learning a whole lot more about art at our house this winter!

The Art Book For Children, by Ferren Gipson, Amanda Renshaw, and Gilda Williams Ruggi. Phaidon, hardback. RRP: $44.99

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