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Art Detective: Spot the Difference! [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Doris Kutschbach

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22 Feb 2013
From Michelangelo to Picasso, art history is filled with stories of spectacular forgeries that have stumped the greatest scholars of their time. It is from this fascinating angle that young readers learn about the great works of art in this fun and educational book. Set in an imaginary museum, it presents reproductions of famous art works alongside 'forgeries'; Readers are asked to play detective as they examine each painting closely, looking for the differences. Along the way a small cartoon sleuth leads them through the paintings, uncovering technical and historical details that enhance readers' appreciation and knowledge. Whether they're examining Seurat's painting of an afternoon scene on the island of La Grande Jatte; an arrangement of flowers by Sargent; van Gogh's Starry Night; or Rousseau's Exotic Landscape, readers will be playfully drawn into the world of great art and no doubt eager to examine other works first hand.

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Doris Kutschbach is an art historian and editor who lives in Munich, Germany. She is the author of numerous books on art.

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4.0 out of 5 stars It's really hard! 23 Aug 2013
By Young Mensan BookParade - Published on Amazon.com
This book is not a regular book with a story. It is more like a puzzle book, except it is really hard. There are pictures from famous artists, and there are "forged" pictures to compare them to. For example, let's say a persons hair in the real picture had a headband and it was red with an amethyst on it but the headband in the forged picture was red but with a garnet on it. That would count as a difference. As you get through one set of pictures, the next set is harder and harder.
I liked that the pictures are mostly from famous artists, because now I know their names. I especially liked the "Birds" by Franz Marc because it is a colorful collage of animals. It is hard though because you have to find 20 small differences!

I would suggest this book to be good for second graders and up. Even my big sister (3rd grade) has trouble finding the differences. Artist kids would probably like it best, and they could even get new ideas from the picture styles.

It was really hard, there are not many words, but it is a fun book to do with my parents and sister because it is hard for them too.
Review by Lucy H., age 6, Tampa Bay Mensa
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique 26 May 2013
By J. Prather - Published on Amazon.com
Art Detective: Spot the Difference is a fantastic way to expose your young child to famous works of art. On the initial pages we meet Charlie the Sleuth, a dog who has been charged with the task of finding an art forger. In order to unmask the forger, he must find the mistakes in his pictures. We then get the opportunity to see 19 different classic works of art, each side by side with its "forgery". Kids must then find the differences. Charlie drops in to offer up comments and to let us know how many differences can be found. This is an incredibly fun exercise in observation and one that can be enjoyed by a wide variety of ages. If you are looking for a more enriching alternative to Marzollo's I Spy series, this is certainly it. Some of the differences will be easily observed, while others will take some time and careful review.

I admired the choices presented, as they represent a wide variety of artists and styles. We see paintings by Seurat, Rousseau, Gauguin, Monet, Cezanne, John Singer Sargent, and Van Gogh, just to name a few. If you are unable to observe all the differences, no worries because the author has kindly included an answer key in the back which also features some facts about each artist. This is a must have for any young art lover or any parent wishing to encourage a love of art in their child. Best suited for older preschoolers and school age children, this would be a welcome addition to any classroom collection. A fun first art experience, especially if you are preparing for a trip to an art museum.
5.0 out of 5 stars yeah seurat 23 July 2013
By marina whitman,. - Published on Amazon.com
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this is fun for all ages and poses plenty of challenges for the search committee. It is a good lesson in compare and contrast.
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