A new Quentin Blake book?
Yes indeedy! You know him from his illustrations in all the Roald Dahl books (among others), and I am so excited to share his newest book with you today!
Quentin Blake is one of my favorite illustrators, so it’s no wonder I wanted to read Tell Me a Picture: Adventures in Looking at Art with my kids. Blake chose twenty six paintings to feature — one for each letter of the alphabet — and added his own characters admiring and discussing the artwork.
This book not only exposed my kids to artwork they’ve never seen before, but it also features a wide range of styles and genres. The commentary from Blake’s illustrated characters is funny, thoughtful, and helps kids look closer at the artwork. It gave my children the chance to really explore art and discuss what each painting is about, what they like about them, and what each piece might mean.
The stories behind the paintings are included at the back of the book. It was a fun experiment to discuss each painting, then go and read the story behind it. We were wrong more often than we were right. That’s the beauty of art, it’s a different experience for each viewer.
Content: There are some nude figures in the paintings.
About This Book:
- Age Range: 5 – 8 years
- Grade Level: Kindergarten – 3
- Hardcover: 64 pages
- Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Bks; Reprint edition (March 15, 2015)
In 2001, Quentin Blake – the first Children’s Laureate – chose twenty-six of his favorite paintings for an exhibition at the National Gallery. Very different artworks were chosen, some by fine artists and some by children’s illustrators, but they all had one thing in common: a story to tell. The accompanying book urges children to use their imaginations and look for the stories in the pictures. Reissued with a new introduction from the author, Tell Me A Picture will show a new generation the adventures that await in looking at art.
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