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Where is the Artist?: From Cave Paintings To Modern Art: A Look And Find Book Hardcover – November 25, 2015
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Gr 3–6—Using a seek-and-find approach, this German import purports to teach readers about artists and art styles and to inspire "a passion for and knowledge of art around the world from all periods," from prehistoric times up to the present day. However, it doesn't succeed. Busy, colorful spreads featuring lively goings-on, which are generally appreciated by kids in "Where's Waldo?"-type of books, will here flummox them, mainly because very vague statements or questions will have readers bewildered about what they're supposed to notice or look for. It's not until kids reach the back matter that anything is explained. By then, many readers may have given up. The notes that discuss what's happening in each spread and that seek to highlight the great masters, their styles, and their artworks (drawn in sketchy fashion by the book's illustrator) may go unnoticed. This is a shame, as the notes contain some interesting information, though they are incomplete and sometimes confusing and misleading. A pair of cute cartoon monkeys who appear in every spread add nothing to the book. This volume also lacks source notes, a glossary, bibliography, and an index: a major flaw. VERDICT Skip this one.—Carol Goldman, Queens Library, NY
"This look-and-find book explores art through the times, highlighting the most prominent styles and artists of each era, from early cave painters to Egyptian hieroglyph carvers to members of a Bauhaus art school. The text is minimal throughout with one question displayed on each page, eliciting a search or conversation about the illustrations . . . The main event is the art itself, in which von Sperber cobbles together characters and details from famous works of such artists as Leonardo da Vinci, van Gogh, Kandinsky, Warhol, and more. Hugely important is the back matter, which supplies information on the art and creators and points out the factual details included in each two-page spread . . . It's an easy-to-use and interactive way to expose students to recognized masters and prompt further musings of how their works are snap-shots of their times."