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Grade 2-6–Klimt, founder of the late-19th-century Secessionist Art Movement in Vienna, probably has greater renown in Europe than in the U.S. However, American children will enjoy this aesthetically pleasing fictional biography as told by the artist's cat, Katze. The feline takes readers into Klimt's studio to see the decorative, stylized paintings. Then, through conversations and the cat's observations, readers gain insight into the artist's personality, thoughts, and philosophy on art and life. None of this is as heavy as it might seem, given Klimt's erotic and psychological preoccupations. The cat's tale is much softer, much lighter–a child's interpretation of the paintings. There is no dumbing down–just appreciation from a different perspective. The mixed-media illustrations work wonderfully with the story. Done in the decorative, ornamental style of Klimt himself, they shine with gold, rich fabrics, paint, and photographs. The effect is as dazzling as his originals. They invite study and appreciation. Readers will need to look twice to distinguish between the illustrations and the reproductions of Klimt's paintings included at the book's conclusion. This richly illustrated, sophisticated work is a beautiful addition to picture-book collections.–Carolyn Janssen, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH
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Gr. 1-3. An art-savvy cat narrates this whimsical, fictionalized story of artist Gustav Klimt, which is illustrated with dazzling collages reminiscent of the artist's work. Katze, as Klimt calls his pet, describes watching the painter work in his studio and accompanying Klimt as he gathers inspiration on walks through gardens and museums, on boating outings, and even on a trip to Italy. Monaco's beautiful compositions swirl with dreamlike ribbons of dazzling color, patterns, and angular figures that borrow directly from Klimt's work, and a few of Klimt's paintings (including images of bare-breasted models) appear in small reproductions at the book's end. Children looking for literal representation of the words may have trouble making out the stylized forms, but even those who are hesitant at first will be attracted by the accessible descriptions of an artist at work and the glittering, gold-accented shapes and fanciful design. This isn't a necessary purchase, but it's an intriguing, attractive introduction to an individual who's rarely featured in books for youth. Gillian Engberg
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers (September 22, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802852823
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802852823
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By janet on March 30, 2011
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I'm an art teacher and planned on using this book for a lesson on Klimt.The book is beautiful and a great idea to have the art of Gustav Klimt observed by the studio cat. However, there were pictures in the book that were not suited for elementary-age children. I will keep the book for myself but can't use it at school.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Melville on January 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Great book to use in the classroom. Beautiful illustrations. I have done a lot with Klimt in the classroom and this book will really help the young children enjoy him even more. And maybe inpsire lots of their own masterpieces.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kurt A. Johnson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
"Gustav Klimt was born in Austria in 1862. To find out who he was, come meet his cat."

This artistic book is a fun and easy-to-read introduction to the great artist (1862-1918). It's designed to give the young reader an introduction to Klimt, and it is a nice collaboration of cartoonish illustration and Klimt's own works. Now, the book does have a couple of small images of topless women, so be aware. Nonetheless, it is a very good book, a real entertaining education for the young reader.
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18 of 27 people found the following review helpful By J. Chavalia on March 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I was so excited to receive Klimt and His Cat, but was suddenly disappointed when flipping through the pages and saw bare-breasted women. One was in an illustration showing Klimt's models and the other three are included in original paintings in the back of the book. I was planning on using this in my elementary art room, but those details are going to ruin the fun, knowing they will be pointed out immediately. I am not returning the book because of the great story and the other fun illustrations, I am just going to have to get creative on covering up Klimt's models with attaching paper clothes. I just wish this would have been brought to my attention before my purchase, so I am trying to help others out.
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By B Lynn on August 2, 2014
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This is one of the most beautifully illustrated children's books I have ever purchased. This is basically a story of what it was like to live in Gustav Klimt's studio, told from the perspective of his cat. The illustrations are Klimt- inspired, and also included are several examples of his actual work.
Lovey book, good price, shipped quickly. I am very happy with this transaction.
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I am a big fan of Gustav Klimt and I love this book. I suspect that this book would be best if you are particularly interested in sharing a love of art with a child.
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