By Ben Street and illustrated by Jay Daniel Wright
A witty introduction to art that encourages young rebels to think outside the box and respond on their own terms to a wide and diverse range of styles and artists.
Under the playful guidance of Leo, an art rebel cat with a cause, this book takes young readers on an alternative tour of an art museum to discover eight different types of art: portraits, surrealism, ancient sculpture, abstract art, naked people in art, still-life paintings, and contemporary art.
Instead of telling children what they ought to know, Leo equips his readers with enough knowledge to respond to art on their own terms. Knowing how symbols work, they’ll decipher clues in Frida Kahlo’s self-portrait. Understanding surrealism, they’ll decide for themselves what Joan Miró’s doodles are all about. And with some insight into the stories behind classical sculptures, they’ll discover that antiquity wasn’t as gray and boring as it might seem. Along the way, they’ll learn about a diverse range of artists from around the world and art movements throughout history.
Published by Thames & Hudson, 2021
Hardcover with 80 pages
Dimensions: 10 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches (26.67 x 24.76 cm)
Reading age: 6-8 years old
Grade level: 2-5