Vincent van Gogh
From the Set The World's Greatest Artists
Introduces Vincent van Gogh as one of the most unique Impressionist artists by exploring the techniques he used to paint masterpieces such as Starry Night.
|Interest Level||Grade 2 - Grade 5|
|Reading Level||Grade 3|
|ATOS Reading Level||4.1|
|Guided Reading Level||V|
|Publisher||The Child's World, Inc.|
|Format||Reinforced book, Hosted ebook|
|Number of Pages||24, 24|
|Dimensions||8 x 9.5, 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: Linda Cernak
Linda Cernak is an independent writer of children's classroom readers, student textbooks, and nonfiction books for young readers. Since 1994, she has published numerous children's books in the subject areas of social studies, science, and the arts. Her list of published works also includes a series of fiction readers for elementary-grade students.
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.