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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Prestel (May 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 379137026X
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791370262
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,283,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr 4-6–From the Parthenon to the Mona Lisa to the Op-Art of the 1960s, images and text reveal the many ways our eyes play tricks on us. Perception of size and color is discussed using standard optical illusions, but this book includes much more. Anecdotes, such as the story of dueling Greek painters Zeuxis and Parrhasius, and unique reproductions, like portraits with altered facial features, lend excitement. The author has taken an interactive approach, filling the pages with questions, puzzles, and project ideas (a few ideas call for readers to draw in or cut something out of the book). Text explains the images, which are large and clear. The broad range of styles represented and the fun of the interactive approach will no doubt appeal to young art lovers and curious kids alike.Lisa Glasscock, Columbine Public Library, Littleton, CO
© Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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This colorful, lively, and endlessly entertaining book for children looks at artistic illusion showing that art history is rife with tricksters.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Young Mensan BookParade on April 16, 2015
Format: Hardcover
"The Trick of the Eye, Art and Illusion" is a fascinating and descriptive book that tells about different illusions, paintings and art. In this book, you will see many different illusions that will blow your mind. Different varieties of paintings and pictures make the book just a touch better. You can explore the amazing illusions and the fascinating paintings in this short but descriptive book. My personal favorite illusion/part was (page27) "From Fair to Foul...". It shows a picture of a young lady upside down and when you flip it over she is an ugly lady because her lips are upside down but they look beautiful when we look at them upside down. Her eyes are also upside down but they look normal. It's very surprising and it captures your mind and makes you realize that you need to look more closely at things.
I recommend this book to people ages 8-100 years old, I don't think younger kids will understand many of the paintings and they might not get the illusions. I think older people would like it because it isn't very challenging but it is very mind capturing, descriptive and entertaining.
Reviewed by Young Mensan Sofia H., age 10, Denver Mensa
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By Lisa M. Biddle on March 29, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this book for teaching about Op Art and it has been a fantastic resource. The images are great and the way that the text explains how to make the illusions are helpful in explaining Op Art to students.
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By Pat R on November 2, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Great presentation of the material.
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By Carol Ann Taylor on November 22, 2014
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great, thanks
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