Tag: Art teachers take note!

They All Saw a Cat: A Matter of Perspective

They All Saw a Cat: A Matter of Perspective

Lynn: Brendan Wenzel’s excellent They All Saw a Cat (2016) relies on the brilliantly simple concept of a how variety of subjects perceives the same object in different ways. The object in question is a cat, a cat who “walked through the world, with its whiskers, ears and paws.” Each page-turn reveals a wide, two-page spread showing how various […]

Concrete Poetry with Bob Raczka

Concrete Poetry with Bob Raczka

Lynn: If you are looking for some engaging word play to inspire kids, look no further than Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems (2016) by the inventive Bob Raczka. Inside the pages of this slim book is a delightful mix of playful concrete poems that are guaranteed to get kids itching to create their […]

A Palette of Middle-Grade Art Mysteries

A Palette of Middle-Grade Art Mysteries

Lynn and Cindy:  What is it about art and mystery? We don’t know, but we love it when books have some of both! For those of you who agree, here are some terrific new or upcoming middle-grade books that do just that. The Gallery (June 2016) by Laura Marx Fitzgerald. It’s the Roaring Twenties. Some people […]

A Picture-Book Lesson about Color with Vincent van Gogh

A Picture-Book Lesson about Color with Vincent van Gogh

Cindy: The hardest part of a painting project is selecting the color! Am I the only one who is surprised by how many shades of white there are on those Pantone paint chips? Tedd Arnold’s bug-eyed, scruffy, red-bearded character in Vincent Paints His House has even more problems with his project because everyone has an opinion […]

Bone-Rattling Fun: Picture Books for Día de los Muertos

Bone-Rattling Fun: Picture Books for Día de los Muertos

Cindy: One of my favorite research projects my middle school did last year was for Día de los Muertos, or, the Day of the Dead, which is celebrated on the first and second day of November—right around the corner! Senorã Dykstra, one of our Spanish teachers, asked her students to research deceased Hispanic artists and […]

In Mary’s Garden & The Slippers’ Keeper: Picture Books Celebrating Those Who Really SEE the World

In Mary’s Garden & The Slippers’ Keeper: Picture Books Celebrating Those Who Really SEE the World

Cindy: Just about everyone has picked up a seashell or a piece of driftwood or sea glass while walking on the beach. Yet how many of us would recognize a “marvelous creature” washed up on the beach, if it was only “just a little piece of him?” In their picture-book biography, In Mary’s Garden (2015), Tina […]

The Right Word by Jen Bryant

The Right Word by Jen Bryant

Lynn:  When I first heard about The Right Word:  Roget and His Thesaurus (Eerdmans 2014) I KNEW I would love it.  The winning team of Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet AND the story of Peter Roget – a shy boy who loved words and made lists!  I’ve now read the book in falling- apart galley […]

Stone Giant by Jane Sutcliffe

Stone Giant by Jane Sutcliffe

Lynn:  The giant lay in the courtyard of the Cathedral for 40 years.  It had been hammered on, had a large hole chiseled in it and the weather had scoured it.  And then Michelangelo’s friends wrote him a letter begging him to come home and take on the giant.  This is the wonderful true story […]

Leaving China by James McMullan

Leaving China by James McMullan

Lynn:  We reviewers are supposed to be analytical about our reading and writing, assessing the elements of what we read and conveying those to you making decisions about what to read and purchase.  I try, really I do.  But sometimes a book comes along that I just love.  Period.  Leaving China:  An Artist Paints His […]

Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald

Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald

Lynn:  Masterpieces, museums and Manhattan all feature in Fitzgerald’s intriguing mystery debut Under the Egg (Penguin/Dial 2014).  Theodora has never had things easy but after her artist/museum guard grandfather’s death in a pedestrian accident, the situation gets overwhelming for the thirteen-year-old girl.  Theo’s mom lives more inside her head than in the real world and […]