Author(s): Amanda Renshaw
Following the international success of The Art Book for Children (Book One), this second volume features a fresh variety of paintings, sculptures and photographs by artists from the Renaissance to the present day, offering a perfect introduction to art for children everywhere. Thirty new artists, from Dürer to Hockney, appear in this book, with work specially selected to encourage children to learn and interact with art - inviting them to ask questions about why artists do what they do. With interactive features and intriguing topics for discussion, both volumes of The Art Book for Childrenare great fun for young readers, ideal tools for educators and parents, and perfect introductions for those approaching art for the first time.
'A perfect introduction to art for parents and children to enjoy together - Simple, clear and fun.' The Guardian, October 2005 'a delightful book that will encourage readers, young and old, to see beyond the obvious.' The Good Book Guide, November 2005 'Is it possible that a nine-year-old child will nag their parents to read them a book about the adventures of Gilbert & George, Cindy Sherman and Leonardo da Vinci rather than the latest Jacqueline Wilson or Harry Potter? If is written with the style, humour and spirit of this mind expanding art book for kids, then the answer is definitely yes. ... it's really good fun and perfect for junior school kids into art - and any parent scared off by the usual pretentious approach to art appreciation. ... very inspiring. Your kids will be making Jackson Pollock-style creations out of mashed potato and ketchup on the kitchen ceiling before you know it.' The Guardian, 17 December 2005 'should become a childhood treasure. ... Hopefully, the delight gained from peering into such large and beautiful reproductions, as well as the enlightenment gained from a text that respects the reader's own response, will encourage children to carry a love of art with them into adulthood.' RA (Royal Academy of Arts, London) magazine, Winter 2005 'the ideal book to introduce children to the great painters, as well as more contemporary artists.' Junior, November 2005 'As a catalyst for discussions about everything and anything, many parents will find this a wonderful book to share with their child from a far younger age [than 7+]. ... this book asks children to consider colour, form, texture and pattern alongside far deeper questions, such as can you paint noise or feelings? With beautiful reproductions and stimulating prompts, it's a book you'll return to again and again.' Junior, December 2005 'Phaidon's The Art Book For Children (GBP12.95) is also a real gem. Next to an illustration of Gilbert and George's famous living sculpture, it asks, "would you be able to keep a striaght face?" whilst demanding to know of Chrito's Pont Neuf Wrapped, "who allowed Christo and Jeanne-Claude to wrap this famous Parisian bridge in fabric? Did they sneak up one night while no one was looking?" If only, one can't help thinking, all art books were so much fun' The Independent, 2 December
Amanda Renshaw, formerly a specialist in Impressionist and Modern Art at Christies, is currently Editorial Director at Phaidon Press.
Each spread is dedicated to one of the best-known works of one of thirty artists, which are accompanied by a highly readable, short text that directs the child (and his or her adult reader) to look closely at the artwork, and invites a personal response. Also explained in this text are the people, story or ideas behind the works.