A new kid-friendly tour of art history from the inventive Newbolds.
Edward Hopper’s monster lurks outside the nighthawks’ diner. James Whistler’s monster rocks in her chair. Monsters invade masterpieces by Dorthea Tanning, Paul Cezanne, M.C. Escher, Jean Michel Basquiat, Giuseppe Archimboldo, Rene Magritte, Henri Rousseau, Franz Kline, Frida Kahlo, Bob Thompson, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Thomas Hart Benton, and Helen Frankenthaler. The monster emerging from Claude Monet’s waterlilies is unforgettable.
Our guide for this romp through re-imagined masterpieces is an engaging hamster. Thumbnail biographies of the artists identify their iconic works.
About the Author
AMY NEWBOLD conceived IF PICASSO PAINTED A SNOWMAN book while visiting the Musée Picasso in Paris. If she were to draw a snowman, she would probably start with three white circles stacked one upon another…or maybe just two. Now she's back with IF DA VINCI PAINTED A DINOSAUR and IF MONET PAINTED A MONSTER.
Award-winning illustrator GREG NEWBOLD grew up drawing superheroes and Dr. Seuss characters on giant rolls of newsprint in his childhood basement. He once copied a Vincent van Gogh painting for his college art history class instead of writing a paper. Greg has created work for clients such as Kleenex, Fedex, Heinz, Smucker’s, and American Express as well as illustrating a dozen books for children, including If Da Vinci Painted a Dinosaur,If Picasso Painted a Snowman, The Barnyard Night Before Christmas, The Touch of the Master’s Hand, Winter Lullaby, and Spring Song. Greg lives in Salt Lake City with his wife, Amy.
Kids love monsters, kids love to draw, and, after being introduced to these silly reincarnations, kids should begin to at least like art—whether they're attracted to Arcimboldo's fanciful sixteenth-century vegetable collages or wowed by Basquiat's exuberant graffiti. — Kathleen McBroom - Booklist