Work Title: M is for Masterpiece: An Art Alphabet
Work Author(s): David Domeniconi; Will Bullas, illustrator
Sleeping Bear Press
Color illustrations, 40 pages, Hardcover $17.95
Children's Picture Book
Reviewer: Angela Black
In 1889 when American architect Frank O. Gehry created the Guggenheim Museum in Spain, he proved that art isn't always inside the museum, sometimes art is the museum!
Similar fun facts from A to Z are shared with readers through clever rhymes and visually engaging illustrations in this story about art history. The tale begins thirty thousand years ago with cave drawings in the Pyrenees Mountains of France. Readers are gradually introduced to artists and their tools---paintbrushes, watercolors, and sculpting utensils. Alternating pages offer brief biographies of some of the world's most influential artists, like Michelangelo, Monet, Cassatt, Kahlo, O'Keefe, Picasso, Rembrandt, and Ansel Adams. Artistic techniques, styles, and media are explored, including Impressionism, Japanese printmaking, weaving, quillwork, sculpture, and architecture the Taj Mahal & the Eiffel Tower).
The illustrations are generous in their use of color. "B is for Brush" displays a deep red-and-turquoise backsplash imprinted with bold, black Chinese letters. The foreground contains an array of paintbrushes and a demonstration of how they are used. "C is for Color" shows several color wheels with bright splashes of the primary colors...