From the Set The World's Greatest Artists
Introduces Pablo Picasso as one of the greatest modern artists by exploring the many styles and techniques he used to create such masterpieces as Guernica and works from his cubist, Blue, and Rose periods.
|Interest Level||Grade 2 - Grade 5|
|Reading Level||Grade 3|
|ATOS Reading Level||4.1|
|Guided Reading Level||S|
|Publisher||The Child's World, Inc.|
|Number of Pages||24|
|Dimensions||8 x 9.5|
|Graphics||Full-color photographs, Full-color illustrations|
A noteworthy review of The World's Greatest Artists from School Library Journal on November 1, 2014
This series offers an ideal blend of excellent writing and strong historical and technical information about the materials and methods of art. It is unfortunate that there is only one woman artist featured here (Mary Cassatt), but the selection is rich in other ways. Each page includes attractive reproductions of masterpieces sprinkled with snarky cartoon commentary (‘Maybe he should use more colors!’ says a child on the cover of Rembrandt, studying a muddy self-portrait of the artist). The authors have skillfully interjected a tone of humor into the solid, useful information: The cartoons capture the authentic voice of young viewers, who might not immediately appreciate fine art, while the narrative voice is earnest and scholarly, pushing children toward deeper analysis. The authors excel at using concrete sensory detail to lead kids through images. If paired with a series that includes more women and artists of color, these will be valued staples.
Author: Darice Bailer
Darice Bailer wanted to write for children since she was in fifth grade. Today, she is the author of many books for young readers. She enjoys visiting schools and sharing tips about writing with students. She lives in Kansas City.
Illustrator: JT Morrow
JT Morrow has been an illustrator for over twenty years and has won several awards. He specializes in creating parodies and imitations of the old and modern masters. Mr. Morrow lives just south of San Francisco with his wife and daughter.