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Leonardo Da Vinci
     

Leonardo Da Vinci

by Steve Augarde
 

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At just twelve years old, Paulo becomes an apprentice to Leonardo da Vinci, the brilliant artist and inventor. Dull is not how Paulo describes life in Leonardo's busy studio. There are floors to sweep, paints to mix, errands to run, and drawings to be made. But there are mysterious events, too. Another apprentice is not all that he seems, and an evening visit to a

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At just twelve years old, Paulo becomes an apprentice to Leonardo da Vinci, the brilliant artist and inventor. Dull is not how Paulo describes life in Leonardo's busy studio. There are floors to sweep, paints to mix, errands to run, and drawings to be made. But there are mysterious events, too. Another apprentice is not all that he seems, and an evening visit to a hospital uncovers some very interesting happenings… Paulo's diary tells of an exciting moment in Renaissance Italy; it's a young boy's insight into a fascinating time and place and his glimpse into the mind of one of the world's greatest geniuses, as well as a story told from the heart.

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School Library Journal
Gr 4–8—Through the eyes of a fictional apprentice, the life and work of the master artist is revealed in bits and pieces. Using a diary, the 10-year-old apprentice describes day-to-day activities in the studio, from grinding pigments to accompanying the master to the palace. Glimpses of encounters with art patrons, revelations about Leonardo's specific interest in human and animal anatomy, and his work on war machines are all described. The diary portion is an engaging read, blending fact and fiction. The second half of the book focuses on life during the Renaissance, primarily in Italy, and goes into more depth about Leonardo's life and his work both as an artist and an inventor. This section provides the details that report writers will be looking for. This highly visual book includes reproductions of Leonardo's drawings and paintings and photographs from around Italy, and the journal portion is peppered with original full-color artwork depicting scenes from the apprentice's narrative. The design of the oversize book has the vague feel of the "ology" series without all the flaps, pull-outs, etc. Booktalk this title with Jean Fritz's Leonardo's Horse (Putnam, 2001) to offer up a fun glimpse into the life of one of the world's great artists.—Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA
Kirkus Reviews
Taking an omnium-gatherum approach, Augarde opens with supposed journal entries from an awestruck fictional ten-year-old apprentice of Leonardo's in the 1490s, then pulls back the point of view to cover in third person the artist's life before and after, followed by background spreads on European politics, the Renaissance, how artists of the time trained and additional looks at some of Leonardo's art and inventions. Brown supplements sharp reproductions of several famous paintings by incorporating decent versions of his drawings into watercolor reconstructions of the artist-depicted as a handsome, dapper young man with flowing black hair and a spiky beard-in his studio, in his workshop and in the court of Duke Ludovico Sforza. There's nothing here that can't easily be found elsewhere, but both readers who take their history straight and those who prefer facts dished up in a fictional matrix will be equally drawn to appreciate the great artist's unique multiplicity of talents. (Informational fiction. 11-13)
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“This book would be a welcome addition to school library collections for both its art and its history focus... A book readers will continue to pick up.” —Library Media Connection

“This highly visual book includes reproductions of Leonardo's drawings and paintings and photographs from around Italy, and the journal portion is peppered with original full-color artwork depicting scenes from the apprentice's narrative. A fun glimpse into the life of one of the world's great artists.” —School Library Journal

“[B]oth readers who take their history straight and those who prefer facts dished up in a fictional matrix will be equally drawn to appreciate the great artist's unique multiplicity of talents. Informational fiction.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Augarde offers readers a fascinating glimpse of da Vinci at the height of his inventive prowess . . . as well as his creative apex (at work on The Last Supper) . . . . Brown's artwork, peppered with da Vinci's distinctive designs, adds liveliness and color to the narrative, while thorough yet inviting back matter delves further into both the importance of da Vinci's importance and the Renaissance.” —Booklist

“Wonderful illustrations, reproductions of Leonardo da Vinci's art works, photographs and maps all compliment the well written and easy to follow text in this excellent book.” —Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780753432242
Publisher:
Kingfisher
Publication date:
08/28/2011
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Steve Augarde is a writer and illustrator. He has published over 80 books, ranging from story books and pop-up books for young readers to his recent novels for older children, including the captivating Various trilogy.

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