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Art for Baby Board book – September 8, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: Baby - 3 years
  • Board book: 12 pages
  • Publisher: Templar; Brdbk edition (September 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763644242
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763644246
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 9.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Budding Baby Warhols can fix their gaze on this oversize board book of 12 eye-stimulating patterns, credited to well-known artists. Each picture features chunky black-and-white shapes to catch a child's attention. Some pop pieces, like Takashi Murakami's deliriously happy-faced flower, resemble conventional child fare. Others are unorthodox but promising choices: Kazimir Malevich's modernist Black Cross is an enormous plus sign, and Julian Opie's stylized human portraits have smiley-face dot eyes and serious mouths. A few pages offer familiar subjects: a duck silhouette, a pear or a carrot, while the intersecting ovals of Josef Albers's Together could suggest a family or a nest, and Keith Haring's iconic Radiant Baby—a crawling figure emanating exclamation-point lines—graces the cover. Little ones unmoved by figurative work can linger on abstract compositions like conceptual artist Damien Hirst's grid of grayscale dots or '60s op artist Bridget Riley's aggressive zigzags. The images repeat on three folded friezes, tucked into the back of the book, ready for installation in art connoisseurs' play spaces or bedrooms. The high-contrast art should prove mesmerizing; no batteries required. Up to age 3. (Sept.)
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From School Library Journal

PreS—Child-development experts have long advocated the use of high-contrast images with infants due to the difficulties newborns have in changing focus from foreground to background. These bold, black-and-white selections were chosen to address this issue. The pictures range from Patrick Caufield's Duck, a silhouette, to Bridget Riley's Fragment 3, a dizzying series of zigzags. There are also several simplified portraits, e.g., Julian Opie's Natasha, whose stylized hair suggests the carved surfaces of a woodcut. The images are glossy and slightly reflective, while the white pages have a matte finish—another contrast. With a square trim size and heavy cardboard pages, the book could be enjoyed when propped on a changing table or crib or held by an adult. The last spread contains brief notes about infant vision, picture credits, and an envelope with 3 folded posters of the 12 scenes for nursery walls. Information about each artist has been placed on the back of the friezes. Libraries will want to consider whether these "consumables" are assets or deterrents, but babies won't care if they disappear. The variety of patterns offers an interesting alternative to the more traditional shapes found in Tana Hoban's classic Black and White (HarperCollins, 2007), now available in an accordion-fold format. Will young picture readers develop a greater open-mindedness toward abstract art? Time will tell.—Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library
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This would make a great baby shower gift.
MK
I prop her up on the boppy and she will just stare at the pictures forever, she even turns her head to see the opposite page.
H. Commins
Art for baby is a wonderful book of black and white, high contrast images selected to stimulate an infant's gaze.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By H. Commins on November 5, 2009
Format: Board book
My husband bought this book for our 6 week old daughter and she loves to look at it. I prop her up on the boppy and she will just stare at the pictures forever, she even turns her head to see the opposite page. I would buy this book for anyone having a baby. We also have the White on Black books and she seems to like Art for Baby more since it is bigger and easier for her to see.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By M. Talalay on September 8, 2009
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Kiwi Magazine Review:
This is just the unique board book you have been looking for. You want people to think you, the gift giver, have some class, style and appreciation for art, without being snobby. Well, here is the perfect gift for new parents who want to keep the pastels at bay and enjoy some intriguing black and white art by the likes of Damien Hirst, Gary Hume, Takashi Murakami and others. Comes with a set of prints to add to the nursery decor.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Daniel F. Lynch on May 21, 2010
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I have bought many books for my granddaughter but more than any other she locked onto this one and just stared at each picture as if in a trance. Out-of-this-world beautiful!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Clancy on March 7, 2010
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I bought several high-contrast books for my son, who is my first child. Art for Baby is my favorite (and his). I use it during tummy time on the boppy, and it keeps him interested (and working those back and neck muscles) longer than if I didn't have the book in front of him. A great addition to this book is the frameable prints of each picture that parents can use to decorate the baby's room. When I bought this book, I didn't realize it came with the prints, which I feel makes the book worth its price. I highly recommend this book for anybody having a baby.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By saz920 on March 20, 2013
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My 2.5 month old loves the pictures in this book. He does not tolerate tummy time very well and this book gives him a reason to try to prop his head up longer. I just open it up and stand it on the floor for him to push up and look at. The pictures definitely keep his attention better than anything else I've tried so far!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By swissmiss on March 12, 2011
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We have been reading to our baby daily since day 1 but not all books hold his attention. This one does with its high contrast, large images. We read the artist information on each page. He instantly stops crying when he sees it - I love this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PinkBird on March 11, 2011
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After getting this book and seeing it in person, I love it more than I thought I would.
The bold black and white art images are engaging and fun. I also like that it comes with prints for the nursery (or even for taking along with you)--I hadn't even realized the book came with these until I got it (Must have missed that in the item description). I plan to use this book in the first weeks/months of my baby's life as "they" say infants respond well to high contrast, black and white images (the reason I bought this book). Though I haven't "read" this picture book to my baby yet, I'm already very happy with it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ChickenMama on February 28, 2011
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We used this book a lot when our baby was first born. High-contrast pictures were interesting for him (and me). Great art introduction for kiddos. A little pricey, but my husband is an art-geek, so we love it. The included cards are great for framing and decorating kiddo's room too.
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