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The Art Book for Children Hardcover – 1 Jan 2005

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press; White Book edition (1 Jan. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714845116
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714845111
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 1.4 x 29.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Phaidon's child-friendly version of its staggeringly successful The Art Book goes into far more detail than the original. Instead of a one-artist-to-a-page format, double-page spreads are devoted to 30 works from the fifteenth-century to the present, allowing for a wealth of related imagery. Obviously designed to fire young imaginations into looking beyond the frame, the template would improve many 'ground-up' art encyclopedias... Designed to spark creative responses in young readers of all ages, whether their thing is painting and drawing, counting, dressing up or solving puzzles. There's even the possibility that, sitting side by side with their respective tomes, kids might learn more than their parents will about the subject."―Time Out

"A perfect introduction to art for parents and children to enjoy together... Simple, clear and fun."―Guardian

"A delightful book that will encourage readers, young and old, to see beyond the obvious."―The Good Book Guide

"Is it possible that a nine-year-old child will nag their parents to read them a book about the adventures of Gilbert & George, Cindy Sherman and Leonardo da Vinci rather than the latest Jacqueline Wilson or Harry Potter? If it is written with the style, humour and spirit of this mind expanding art book for kids, then the answer is definitely yes... It's really good fun and perfect for junior school kids into art - and any parent scared off by the usual pretentious approach to art appreciation... Very inspiring. Your kids will be making Jackson Pollock-style creations out of mashed potato and ketchup on the kitchen ceiling before you know it."―Guardian

"Should become a childhood treasure... Hopefully, the delight gained from peering into such large and beautiful reproductions, as well as the enlightenment gained from a text that respects the reader's own response, will encourage children to carry a love of art with them into adulthood."―RA (Royal Academy of Arts, London) Magazine

"The ideal book to introduce children to the great painters, as well as more contemporary artists."―Junior

"As a catalyst for discussions about everything and anything, many parents will find this a wonderful book to share with their child from a far younger age [than 7+]... This book asks children to consider colour, form, texture and pattern alongside far deeper questions, such as can you paint noise or feelings? With beautiful reproductions and stimulating prompts, it's a book you'll return to again and again."―Junior

"Phaidon's The Art Book For Children is also a real gem. Next to an illustration of Gilbert and George's famous living sculpture, it asks, "would you be able to keep a straight face?" whilst demanding to know of Christo's Pont Neuf Wrapped, "who allowed Christo and Jeanne-Claude to wrap this famous Parisian bridge in fabric? Did they sneak up one night while no one was looking?" If only, one can't help thinking, all art books were so much fun."―Independent

"The Art Book For Children draws young readers first into the subject, then deftly into the form, of paintings from the Mona Lisa to Warhol's Marilyn Monroe."―The Times

"...It is stylish, and exciting without being silly."―Sunday Times Culture

"Stylish, welcoming introduction to art, covering an amazing range of artists from Leonardo to Gilbert and George. The book is bursting with exuberant questions (how do you paint feelings?) and determined to open young eyes and minds."―Observer

"Great fun to read…The tone is cheerfully irreverent and unpatronising."―Glasgow Herald

"An excellent introduction to the world's greatest artists... Classy and thought-provoking."―Daily Mail

"This is a great book for children and parents or grandparents to enjoy together."―Carlisle News & Star

About the Author

Gilda Williams Ruggi is an art critic whose texts have appeared in Tate Magazine, Art in America, Parkett and numerous other art journals. Formerly Commissioning Editor for Contemporary Art at Phaidon Press and Managing Editor of Flash Art International.

Amanda Renshaw, formerly a specialist in Impressionist and Modern Art at Christies, is currently Editorial Director at Phaidon Press.


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Bought this for my friend's daughter as a birthday gift, as she enjoys art and drawing. The book is well designed for children, (she is 8, but this would be suitable for children several years older). There are lots of different styles of art and painting explored in this book, from both modern and traditional works, with lots of well known and recognisable works, along with more unusual and obscure ones too. Interesting and educational. Children may simply choose to look at the pictures themselves, though sharing it with an adult could be educational for both.
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I bought this book as the books at our local gallery were very expensive. I read it with my 5 year old and she was fascinated - we have plans to create a Jackson Pollock of our own, outside and when the weather is warm! I'd recommend having it on the shelf for children to pick up when they feel like it, it's a great introduction to artists.
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My 9 year old son shows a real talent for art, and being keen to promote this interest I was looking for a book to gently introduce him to some classic art. After trawling around Amazon I bought this book based on the other reviews, and I am not in the least bit disappointed with it! It is a fascinating, interesting book, and from the minute my children started looking through it, it provoked discussion and fired their imaginations. My 6 year old daughter started trying to come up with answers to "why do you think this picture (the Mona Lisa) was so important to Leonardo (da Vinci)?", and my son started to draw his version of Monet's Waterlily Pond. Brilliant!
One tiny criticism (and I'm being really picky here) is that to find out the date of the paintings or the birth/death date of the artists etc you have to refer to the "Want to know more" section at the back of the book. In my opinion it would be easier for a child if the "Want to know more" information was on the actual page with the painting.
But all in all a FANTASTIC book!
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I purchased this book for a nine year old. Verdict: Absolutely brilliant! I would most certainly recommend it to family and friends.
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Can dressing up be art? How Do you paint feelings? Can you paint a noise? This book stimulates children's own creativity and imagination by getting them to question why artists do the things they do. It contains about 30 reproductions of paintings and art work from a mix of genres and explains what they are about and how they were created as well as giving detail on the artists lives. After we bought this we took our son to The National Gallery to see many of the works for real and having already had a basic introduction through this book he was utterly fasicnated. Adults can learn from this too and I would buy it for any child from 5+ What is so lovely about this book is the fact that you can read it on so many differnent levels. There is a second book just out and I'm sure Santa will be delivering it to this household at Christmas.
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This book is fantastic. Not only is it a great introduction to some of the most famous works of art in the world but it is also a lot of fun. It inspires imagination and helps children (and adults) to think about what they are looking at and what their interpretation is. I will be interested to see how my 6 year old's perception changes as she gets older. It makes a great change to the usual bedtime storytelling and is well worth buying!
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Would thoroughly recommend this book for the young artist or young who are interested in artists, techniques, art history. Thoroughly enjoyed by our 7 yr old and us.
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My 6 year old granddaughter loves the book! She enjoys the images and the easy to read description of the artists.
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