Friday, April 7, 2017

Jurassic Classics: The Prehistoric Masters of Art - Saskia Lacey

Summary: Using dinosaur mashups as a creative way to introduce art history, The Prehistoric Masters of Art explores the lives of the famous "masters" of our past.

Jurassic Classics: The Prehistoric Masters of Art uses prehistoric dinosaur humor to introduce young readers to art history in a fun and inviting new way. The Prehistoric Masters of Art features an assortment of artist biographies, each with a "prehistoric" twist, such as Leonardo da Vilociraptor, Vincent van Guanadon, and Frida Kahlopholus. After a brief "dino" history of each artist, a clever parody of his or her most famous sketches and paintings is included, as well as a true-to-life biography, with actual facts and descriptions about the life of each artist. (Summary and image from I was provided a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.)

Review: I really love this series. I love how it takes things that kids might be interested in (art, presidents, literature), combines them with things almost every kid is interested in (dinosaurs), and creates a new medium of introduction for the kids.

My youngest is art obsessed. He’s also dinosaur obsessed. Can you imagine a  more perfect blend for him!? Even better, in each of the rminibooks affixed to each dinosaur master’s section, the reader gets to see a recreation of some of the most famous sketches, drawings, and paintings of our history line counterparts’ work. It’s wonderful. I can’t wait to discuss Monet’s work with light with my boy, or talk about what he sees in Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup cans.

Before I said these would be good books to read to a classroom, and I hold firm to that. But even more, this book starts conversation. It gives you as the reader and tour child as the listener a chance to jump into art and discuss instead of just visualize and move on. So I’m calling it a success.

Rating: Five stars

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