From School Library Journal
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
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From the Inside Flap
This colorful, lively, and endlessly entertaining book for children looks at artistic illusion showing that art history is rife with tricksters.