REVIEW: A Day at the Gallery: An arty animal search book jam-packed with facts by Nia Gould
The mice are captivated by Matisse and the cats are exploring the Surrealists’ room … what else is going on in the gallery?
This quirky and creative search-and-find book takes children, room by room, through a wonderfully illustrated gallery, where an array of animals are enjoying everything from Impressionism and Surrealism to Pop Art and Cubism.
Each room is filled with strange and astonishing works of art, with things for children to spot and information that introduces artists and art movements.
There’s a cat in a bowler hat, a cheesy Matisse, and plenty more to capture children’s imaginations as they enter the gallery for the first taste of the beautiful world of art. Perfect for children aged 6 and up.
Dear Ms. Gould,
And yet another way to learn about art! Spending a day in the galleries at a museum, foxes learn about Impressionism and llamas about Expressionism, bears are curious about cubism, while cats study Surrealism, dogs look at Pop Art while penguins peruse Op Art, and I learn more about these styles and more. Readers learn what distinguishes a certain style, what artists were trying to accomplish by painting that way, some of the famous artists of each movement and then get a chance to study paintings looking for objects in them (with an answer page at the end to point them all out plus a glossary of “arty words”). There’s even a gift shop to spot. Aimed at children, this is a cute introduction to art, artists, and animals. B