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Touch the Art: Pop Warhol's Top Board book – October 28, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Series: Touch the Art
  • Board book: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; Mus Brdbk edition (October 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402735693
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402735691
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Little Lana's Mommy on April 16, 2008
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This is a great concept! Famous works of art are made more approachable by use of touch and feel! We love all the books in this series. My two girls are 3 yrs old and 18 months old and they both love touching this book!
This book includes:
Campbell's Soup Can- Andy Warhol
Untitled- Keith Haring (red, blue and green figures dancing)
Girl with Ball- Roy Lichtenstein
Two Cheeseburgers with Everything- Claes Oldenburg
The Woodcut Bathrobe- Jim Dine
Cakes- Wayne Thiebaud
Marilyn- Andy Warhol
Love, Indiana Stable May 66- Robert Indiana
Mustard on White- Roy Lichtenstein
At the end of the book the authors have included a short paragraph about each work of art and the artist who created it, which is great for me since I never knew much about modern art.
As with all the books in this series, the artwork is the main event- don't buy these books for the great literary prose- you'll be disappointed there. But the great art really makes up for it! You will be so engrossed by the artwork and the touch and feel that the lack of creative prose wont bother you!
These books are great for kids and their parents! The famous works of art make touch and feel books more interesting for the parents, and the fun tactile elements make art education books more fun for the kids!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By N. Trice on June 27, 2007
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I bought all of the books in this series for my nine-year-old son who is autistic. His skill set and sensory issues are all over the place, so it is nice to find a series of books with lots of tactile opportunities and simple reading but that are more sophisticated than the usual "touch and feel" board books for babies.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By S. Berta on April 19, 2009
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This interactive book is fine and fun, with one little glitch. Warhol's soup can has a moveable lid that is one of the better features of all those in the book. The problem is that it is attached by a flimsy tag of cardboard, and if the child rotates the lid too many times (or in a complete 360) the lid breaks off entirely. I re-attached ours using a small grommet kit, but what a pain. So, buy the book ... but be careful not to completely pop Warhol's top!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By BLB on January 6, 2009
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This was the first book I purchased for my nephew in the Touch the Art series. The collection of artwork is wonderful, and the "touch" parts of each page are different and ingenious. The problem I have with this book is that while the rhymes with each work are too silly and pandering for anyone but toddlers, some of the features are too fragile to last long with their little hands. For example, the first page is the Campbell's can on the cover, and the paper lid moves up and down. My nephew (14 months) sat on my lap to look at it, I showed him how it moved, and he effortlessly ripped it off.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Heather Honest of MN on March 7, 2011
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Although it only took my 12 month old 4 tries to literally pop Warhol's top right off the page (that is, damaging it, but oh well), I like this book because it exposes him to artwork at a young age. I don't have to take him to the museum. He loves Marilyn's eyelash and all the other pages. I don't think I'll go through the trouble of putting the pop can lid back on. He won't miss it.
Anyway I think it's a great book. I studied art history and it's important to show children art. I wanted to review this because I felt it needed defending....several other reviews on here dissed the book's rhymes. I must say that I enjoy the fanciful, lighthearted words on each page. It could be because my son is only 1 yr old. But why would a book have to make up some intelligent plot line, connecting unrelated pieces of art together? It's a picture book, not a story book. It's a book about art, not a book about literature. Stop over-critiquing and enjoy it for what it is. My son loves it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By HKFamily on July 9, 2011
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The rhyming in this one is great... I've ordered or borrowed from the library several of these books, and I'd say the best ones we've read are:

Pop Warhol's Top
Make Van Gogh's Bed
Tickle Tut's Toes

The disappointing one was Brush Mona Lisa's Hair, and Feed Matissa's Fish was just okay.

Anyway, the colours in Pop Warhol's Top are bold and vibrant and the touch-and-feel elements, while small compared to the overall paintings, are fun to feel for and discover. I was an art history student in college, so reading these books to my 18 month old son is a pleasure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Krista R. Bainbridge on January 21, 2015
Format: Board book
I am such a fan of the Touch the Art series! They are fun, interactive ways to introduce small children to art that they may otherwise not see. We started reading these books to our girls when they were very young (under 1 year old) and let them touch the pictures and play with the interactive parts (textures, moving pieces, etc) while we read the accompanying rhyme. As they got older, they became more engaged in the back pages that explain the artwork, the artist and where they can be seen (if they can!). Now at 5 and 7, my girls recognize so many artists and the historical value is amazing!

Pop Warhol's Top was definitely one of our favorites - although the rotating Campbell's lid did eventually get lost after years of spinning it around saying the "Pop! Top! 1,2,3" line with it!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Amara TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 30, 2008
Format: Board book
My daughter loves to look through this book. She calls it "the dancing guys books" based on the first work shown---by Keith Haring. We all enjoy looking at the cakes in the Wayne Thiebaud painting, and the LOVE painting.

However, I wonder why the words are really necessary. The rhymes all seem forced and add very little to the book. The last one annoys me the most---"Icky, sticky mustard bread, Poke the crust and go to bed." Now what the point of that? I tried reading the text along with the pictures the first few times through, but soon gave up on it and just talk about the pictures as we go.

The touch and feel aspects are mixed. I guess they encourage kids to linger longer over each piece, but they aren't spectacular. For example, the page with cakes has only a few cakes with slightly raised patterns---hard even to notice. The robe picture has one fuzzy part of an arm---I think it would be just as enjoyable without it.

I don't mean to sound critical, as I do love the idea of this book---it's great to introduce kids to real art early on. I just think in this case, less would be more---less words, less gimmacks, more art!
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