on 25 July 2008
Amanda Renshaw's second volume on Art is as exciting as the first. It will interest readers from about age 7-11 years in what artists do and how they make their decisions. Built around the work of thirty artists, the book is well organised in sections with enticing titles like `Spot the difference', `Never trust a painting' and `Spots'. The book's large format makes it possible for readers to see the detail within the pictures. Its main strength is the skill the author shows in inviting young readers into the works and helping them speculate and ask the questions that lead to a deeper response. Why does Gainsborough leave Mr and Mrs Andrews unfinished? What would it be like to be present at the party portrayed in Jam Steen's The Christening Feast? Parents and teachers will find this book helpful as children explore the world of art.
on 4 February 2013
When I looked at this book I wished I could spend a lot more time with it and do some of the things it suggested. The nine year old, who likes painting and drawing, said it was great and has used it with the rest of his family in an 'art afternoon', when the weather was too bad to go out.