In this text, Quentin Blake picks some of his favourite paintings and encourages everyone to look for the stories they tell. The author has chosen 26 paintings and drawings, all with stories in mind. The pictures are by very different artists: some are illustrators of children's books from across the world; others are by artists whose pictures are usually seen in art galleries. Quentin Blake's characters draw the reader in by introducing every image, pointing out details and asking question, allowing their imagination to create stories around the pictures.
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Quentin Blake was born in 1932. He read English at Downing College, Cambridge, and Education at the Institute of Education, London; he also attended life classes at Chelsea School of Art, London. His first children's book was written in 1960. Since then he has illustrated over 250 books by 80 different writers, most famously Roald Dahl. He is also well known for his picture books such as Mister Magnolia, Clown and Zagazoo. He was made an OBE in 1988 and in 1999 he was appointed the first Children's Laureate.From School Library Journal:
Kindergarten-Grade 6-Believing that enjoyment of the art in picture books can be a prelude to pleasure in a museum, Blake designed an exhibit (with the same title as this book) at the National Gallery in London. The images in the show and on these pages come from European children's books and Great Britain's galleries and were chosen for their story potential. Blake's signature caricatures cavort and converse before and after each of the 26 pictures, modeling responses that invite imitation. His arrangement is alphabetical by artist, from Hendrick Avercamp to Lisbeth Zwerger. ("X," however, is an X ray of an underpainting, sure to fascinate since it is different from the surface.) Four pages are devoted to each entry. Initially, sketches of children, outlined in black and dabbed with gray/blue patches of color, carry signs that announce the artist's name. The spread that follows includes a blank, white page and then the featured art-a presentation that minimizes distraction. The fourth page provides the young visitors' emotional responses to the work. ("Nobody would buy that." "What do you think that music sounded like?") Most entries will be unfamiliar to American audiences, and some details are difficult to discern. As with any stroll through a museum, what strikes one's fancy is completely idiosyncratic. Blake's approach is an engaging path to art appreciation, with plenty of child appeal. The book concludes with illustrated and annotated attributions for each work and a list of locations/credits. A welcome addition to the realm of visual literacy for families and educators.
Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Descripción Frances Lincoln Childrens Books, 2002. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 711220670
Descripción Frances Lincoln Childrens Books, 2002. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 0711220670