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The National Menagerie of Art Book

Masterpieces from Vincent Van Goat to Lionhardo Da Stinki

With illustrations from Thaïs Vanderheyden
Recommended age group: 5 +

Elevating serious art to the heights of pure giggle-inducing fun, this collection of cleverly reimagined masterpieces is the perfect way to introduce young readers to great art.

Even the greatest works of art will often fail to enthrall young children. But insert a funny, loveable animal into the scene, and it’s a whole different story. This delightful picture book takes artistic license as it reimagines the world’s most famous paintings for a young audience. A teddy bear surfs Hokusai’s Great Wave; a charming pig changes Mona Lisa’s smile from cryptic to comic; Munch’s scream is far less angsty on a panda’s face, while Whistler’s mother–the elephant–gives new meaning to Arrangement in Grey and Black. While it covers every major artistic school in art history, from Michelangelo and Velázquez to Kahlo and Rothko, each snort and guffaw offers an opportunity to explore the paintings in ways that will help kids remember them for the rest of their lives.

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The National Menagerie of Art Book Reviews

Product Tested By Hannah Gregory – William 6 Years

Hannah Awarded The National Menagerie of Art Book 5/5

This looked good quality and lovely picture on the front, very enticing.  My wanted to read it straight away and laughed as soon as he saw the front of the book. This did give him an insight into art and he wanted to see the original pictures to compare them.  This did spark his interest and help him learn about great artists and he was very interested. The first thing he did when he saw it was laugh and was giggling the whole way through the book. My son did enjoy looking at the pieces of art in the book. This would be read a few times a week. My son’s favourite part was seeing the comparisons between the real pictures and the funny ones. My son enjoyed the funny pictures. I liked the way it introduces art to children in a fun way. The quality of the pictures are really lovely. Fab concept, well thought through. Really nice pictures. This is certainly good value. I would buy this book as it’s a great concept, really nice quality and made my kids laugh. I would recommend for the same reason. Lovely book, good quality. This is a fabulous book, high quality and very funny. Hannah Gregory – William 6 Years

Product Tested By Georgina Froggat-Jury – Thea 5 Years 6 Months

Georgina Awarded The National Menagerie of Art Book 4/5

Its a lovely hard back book, perfect size for the book shelf. Thea is a book worm so gets very excited when she has a new book. It’s not a book that she keeps going back too, she’s looked/flicked through a couple of times. I feel that this book is more for children in the junior year of school.  Thea wasn’t fully engaged in this book when reading it too her. I feel at the moment Thea old enough to fully appreciate these famous paintings. This book didn’t interest Thea as much as I thought it would. Maybe when she starts junior school she may earn about these artists she maybe more evolved in asking questions and enjoy learning about these famous paintings. Thea did like looking at the pictures but found the context a bit difficult to read. Presently Thea has only looked at this book a couple of times. She liked the pictures with animal faces, she did find a few funny. I liked how half the book was for children and the back showing the famous artwork. The quality of the pictures are excellent.  Very high quality book. Reasonably priced compared to other similar books. I would not buy this only because it did not captivate my daughters attention. I would show it to children for them to make up their own mind. I think it is a good idea but not suitable for children under 6. A really lovely book but personally definitely for older children more like junior age. Georgina Froggat-Jury – Thea 5 Years 6 Months

Product Tested By Gemma Roberts – Rhys 6 Years

Gemma Awarded The National Menagerie of Art Book 3.5/5

The book was hardback, a nice size and had an attractive cover. My son was intrigued by the front cover and it made him want to look inside the book. Rhys is already quite into art and he did find the pictures amusing but I don’t think it made him any more interested in art and artists than he already was. There are definitely some artists names that he knows now that he didn’t before. If using the book over a longer period of time, this would probably increase too. I think it would have been more effective had the original painting and information about it been on the same page as the reimagined painting rather than in a different section at the back of the book. Rhys was much more interested in looking at the funny paintings than the originals at the back of the book. Rhys definitely enjoyed the reimagined paintings more than he would have done the originals. He found the animals funny and it was a good way to get him interested in famous artwork in a way he wouldn’t have been previously. Several of the paintings definitely made him giggle! But as I said, had the original and information about it been on the same spread as the reimagined painting, I think he would have learned more and enjoyed comparing the differences between the two. Rhys enjoyed all the reimagined paintings but was less bothered about seeing the section with the original paintings. Rhys looked at the book a few times but didn’t seem interested in picking it up regularly – it was definitely funniest for him the first time he read it. Rhys found the reimagined paintings the most entertaining. Rhys liked the animals in the paintings and thought they were funny. I liked that the book made art more accessible for young children and the reimagined paintings and artist names were amusing. Most of the reimagined paintings had been done really well and in a way that would appeal to children. I really liked the premise of the book but feel that it could have been set out differently so that children were more likely to learn from it. The illustrations were done well and the quality of the print was very good. Being a hardback book, the price is reasonable but I don’t think this is a book my son will come back to very often which makes it slightly less good value. This may well be different for other children. Had the book been set out differently, with the original art and information about the artist included on the same spread as the reimagined painting, I feel that children would be more likely to learn the names of the actual artists and remember the paintings. By having them in a separate section, I think lots of children will ignore that bit and just look at the funny paintings. I would not recommend for the same reason. The idea of the book is great and the reimagined paintings have been done well and are funny to look at. I think a simple reorganisation of content would have made a big difference to the quality of the book and how much children would get out of it which is obviously key as a parent. We enjoyed looking at this book together and the paintings made Rhys laugh as did some of the reimagined names for the artists but I’m not sure he learned very much from it. He wasn’t really interested in reading about the original paintings and artists and focussed on the funny paintings. A good concept but could have been executed better I think. Gemma Roberts – Rhys 6 Years

 

 

 

Fab concept, well thought through. Really nice pictures. This is certainly good value. I would buy this book as it’s a great concept, really nice quality and made my kids laugh. I would recommend for the same reason. Lovely book, good quality. This is a fabulous book, high quality and very funny.

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Hannah Awarded The National Menagerie of Art Book 5/5

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