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Faces for Baby: An Art for Baby Book Board book – March 12, 2013

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As a coffee table board book for young kids (apple juice table board book?), this is a lovely presentation of 12 faces culled from the work of diverse twentieth- and twenty-first century artists. They range from a terra-cotta smile by Picasso and an abstract, pale oil painting by Paul Klee to an eerie Camarade, by Zhang Xiaogang, and a bold watercolor by Chris Ofili. While the cover claims these are all famous, that’s going to depend on the art world cred of the gift-giving grown-up, but the works are all interesting and well reproduced, one per large square page, framed in white. The catch, though, is that what made the preceding Art for Baby (2009) ­successful—its recognition of the importance of high-contrast images for developing ocular systems—is completely disregarded here. The last page is a Mylar mirror to encourage interactivity, but facing it is a Chuck Close piece done in his typical style that, presented at such close range, could blur the vision of even the most sophisticated eye. Not very practical overall, but often beautiful works of art aren’t. Preschool. --Andrew Medlar

About the Author

Yana Peel co-founded the Outset Contemporary Art Fund in 2003 and is a patron of the Asia Art Archive. She lives in Hong Kong, China.

The modern artists whose work appears in the book and the frieze include Josef Albers, Patrick Caulfield, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Gary Hume, Kazimir Malevich, Paul Morrison, Takashi Murakami, Julian Opie, Bridget Riley, and David Shrigley.
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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Series: Art for Baby
  • Board book: 12 pages
  • Publisher: Templar; Brdbk edition (March 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763664332
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763664336
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.7 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #385,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I don't leave reviews often but this book was so disappointing I'd like to save others the same feeling. Of the millions of faces created in the history of art, this is a truly strange assortment. The 10 works (10 only inside the book, the other 2 of the advertised twelve are on the covers!!) works skew contemporary with one from 1922 (Klee) and one from 1948 (Picasso). Everything else is post 1994 with half from 2000 and later. Fewer than half of the "famous" artists would be recognizable at all to the lay person and none of the pieces are iconic in the sense of being popularly famous art works-you will see neither the Mona Lisa or Warhol's Marilyn Monroe here. That wouldn't be so bad if the works were beautiful or even just generally appealing to children, but most just aren't. Keep in mind this book is marketed to babies who are attracted to high contrast images, faces with interesting features like glasses and eyebrows, and faces that are traditionally "beautiful" (symmetry, proportion etc.) I can understand there being licensing issues with reproducing artwork, but surely there are hundreds of faces by famous artists more deserving to be in a book for babies-and the babies themselves deserve THOSE images. While the book might be a nice gift for parents who appreciate contemporary art, I can't imagine it having broad appeal to babies, and perhaps only children with the guidance of an adult. For those people, please note that the book is big and beautifully produced. The large mirror on the last page is the best part of the book.
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While some of the artists' faces in this book are interesting, some of them are purely frightening to think of showing to babies. If the faces inside the book followed the feeling of the one on the cover, the book might have been appropriate for babies. I looked online to see if an earlier volume of this book were available since in the subtitle it says, "Twelve More Works by Famous Artists to Explore with Your Child." (Note...not Baby.)
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I was intrigued by this book as an art history buff - the selections they chose are.... interesting. I know art is much more than "I like it" and "I don't like it", but.... considering how MANY different faces have been painted, I'm not quite sure why the ones that were chosen were selected. My baby isn't super thrilled with it, other than the last page with the mirror. But we've got mirrors elsewhere.
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I really enjoyed Art for Baby, so was excited to get this sequel. I only like about half of the book; some of the faces I find to be a little creepy. Our daughter did really enjoy looking in the mirror on the last page. I probably would not purchase this again, as there are so many other baby art books out there.
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I thought I was ordering the first one in the series. This should have a different name or subtitle--really annoying. But my baby does seem to like this as much as his other books. Also, this book is quite large. I didn't pay attention to the dimensions and it at least twice as big as all the other board books so makes it difficult to store.
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I got this book for my 9 month old. He loves looking at the faces and especially enjoys the mirror at the end.

The art, binding and overall quality is top notch. I hope the book will survive for long.
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Not quite as engaging for my four month old as Art For Baby but still very interesting. As an art educator I appreciate the wide range of artists and styles. The art selected for pages side by side will make great compare and contrast discussions as she gets older. I even took it to school and used with some of my elementary art students as we were studying portraits and the variety of ways that artists can depict facial features.
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She laughs at all the pictures and really enjoys seeing her image in the mirror on the last page. Money well spent.
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