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Art Fraud Detective: Spot the Difference, Solve the Crime!
     

Art Fraud Detective: Spot the Difference, Solve the Crime!

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by Anna Nilsen, Andy Parker (Illustrator)
 

The Museum of Art has a big problem. Some of the museum's priceless masterpieces have been stolen and replaced by cunning forgeries! Are your eyes sharp enough to spot the differences between the fake and the real Rousseau? Hone your detective skills and find the tell-tale clues that will help the police track down the master forgers, and bring back the missing

Overview

The Museum of Art has a big problem. Some of the museum's priceless masterpieces have been stolen and replaced by cunning forgeries! Are your eyes sharp enough to spot the differences between the fake and the real Rousseau? Hone your detective skills and find the tell-tale clues that will help the police track down the master forgers, and bring back the missing masterpieces. This one-of-a-kind book combines a mystery story, fun spot-the-difference puzzles, and a fantastic introduction to some of the world's greatest art. Guaranteed to enthrall children of all ages, Art Fraud Detective includes historical information on each painting, tips on the techniques of the Old Masters, and a glossary of art terms. Features art by: Rembrandt; Constable; Monet; Picasso; Raphael; Van Gogh; and more!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
The latest innovation in art-history-for-kids books is a British import devised with the cooperation of The National Gallery of Art in London. Designed in the form of a mystery to make each reader into a detective, the book is a curious combination of real and faux art. Andy Parker's comic book/computer game-style illustrations surround and overlap the masterpieces that each detective must inspect (with the help of the enclosed magnifying glass) in order to locate which museum pictures have been replaced with forgeries by notorious art-forging rings. It is a clever concept, a sort of Where's Waldo for slightly older children. Who can complain about any effort to train the eyes and intellects of the next generation of museum goers? 2000, Kingfisher. Ages 6 to 10. Reviewer: Kathleen Karr
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-A clever "spot the difference" book that also serves as a good introduction to art history. Using a comic-strip format, Nilsen alerts readers to the fact that 30 of these 34 paintings are fakes. A double spread identifies the 16 suspected forgers, the symbol their particular gang hides on each forgery, and the number of changes (one to four) they deliberately added to each painting. The premise is to figure out which character forged which classic piece, and to determine which one of them snitched. The paintings, which include Georges Seurat's Bathers at Asni res and Vincent van Gogh's Sunflowers, are ingeniously depicted in their original and altered forms on split pages featuring the forgeries above and the museum catalog below. Readers are supposed to match up the forger with the artwork (a magnifying glass enables them to verify their detective work). The catalog pages briefly describe the artists' lives, their work, and the showcased piece. This approach should prove popular; it's something of a Where's Waldo (Candlewick) for older children. Although the paintings date from the 15th to the 20th century, no American artwork is presented.-Carol Fazioli, formerly at The Brearley School, New York City Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780753453087
Publisher:
Kingfisher
Publication date:
09/28/2000
Edition description:
Includes Magnifying Glass
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
10.16(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Anna Nilsen is a former art history teacher and a prizewinning artist. She devised Kingfisher's highly successful Art Fraud Detective, The Great Art Scandal, I Can Spell, and I Can Count titles.

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Art Fraud Detective: Spot the Difference, Solve the Crime! 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
This book is not a regular book with a story. It is more like a puzzle book, except it is really hard. There are pictures from famous artists, and there are “forged” pictures to compare them to. For example, let’s say a persons hair in the real picture had a headband and it was red with an amethyst on it but the headband in the forged picture was red but with a garnet on it. That would count as a difference. As you get through one set of pictures, the next set is harder and harder. I liked that the pictures are mostly from famous artists, because now I know their names. I especially liked the “Birds” by Franz Marc because it is a colorful collage of animals. It is hard though because you have to find 20 small differences! I would suggest this book to be good for second graders and up. Even my big sister (3rd grade) has trouble finding the differences. Artist kids would probably like it best, and they could even get new ideas from the picture styles. I give this book 3 stars. It was really hard, there are not many words, but it is a fun book to do with my parents and sister because it is hard for them too. Review by Lucy H., age 6, Tampa Bay Mensa
SuzanneVA More than 1 year ago
What a great way to introduce children to the masterpieces! My 7 year old daughter devoured it and I learned alot myself! I can't wait to receive the others.
TheReadingWriter More than 1 year ago
I think this is the coolest book for a kid that shows the slightest interest in art, drawing or painting, or solving mysteries. Great art masterpieces are shown together with forgeries, and the child must examine the paintings minutely to determine where the forgeries are. The reader must then figure out who the forger is from amongst a given group of painters. It requires good reading and attention skills, and promotes excellent focus. Great for a rainy day when TV is not allowed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
The idea of the book is that you are to find 30 forged painting out of the 34 hanging in the museum and attribute each forgery to a certain art forging gang by finding their symbol(fish, star, tree, or bird) hidden in the forged artwork and then figure out which member of the gang painted the forgery by finding how many changes have been made (1, 2,3, 4). You also have to figure out which 4 are real and which gang member did NOT create a forgery (the only easy parts of the book). The differences are very hard to see. The 'magnifying glass' provided with the book is not very high quality so it's not very useful. Also the 'forgeries' are much larger than the 'originals' that you use as comparison, also making it difficult to find the differences. Another feature making it difficult to spot the differences is the fact that often the original and forgery will be on opposing pages. While the 'museum catalog' that contains the originals also includes very brief biographical info on the artist and the artwork, you'll spend so long looking for differences readers will most likely skip reading this part-but since it contains so little info it's not that big of a deal. While the book was an interesting concept, it's execution was poor. It's unclear what the target age group for this book is-I'm 29 and have a B.A. in Art History and didn't have the patience to try and find all of the differences.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A spectacular book written by a spectacular auther. An amazing spot the difference book with a challenging puzzel to solve.It is amazing how she came up with the idea and how she pieced it together. I like the characters name and the way the second name is related to their gang name.