Tell Me a Picture

Tell Me a Picture

by Quentin Blake
     
 

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What’s in a painting, or an illustration? Renowned artist Quentin Blake wants to know, and to encourage young readers to explore the question, too. In Tell Me a Picture, he chooses 26 works for the stories they tell. Uccello’s grand and gorgeous Saint George and the Dragon is here, as well as works by 20th-century talents like painter

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What’s in a painting, or an illustration? Renowned artist Quentin Blake wants to know, and to encourage young readers to explore the question, too. In Tell Me a Picture, he chooses 26 works for the stories they tell. Uccello’s grand and gorgeous Saint George and the Dragon is here, as well as works by 20th-century talents like painter Edward Hopper and illustrator Roberto Innocenti. In Tell Me a Picture, Blake's own quirky characters introduce each image, pointing out details and asking questions, encouraging engagement. Also here are short introductions to each artist and work, along with suggestions for helping children think about art without being intimidated.

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Children's Literature
The alphabet is the frame on which Blake, Britain's Children's Laureate, builds an introduction to art appreciation through pictures that tell a story. The paintings, by artists whose names begin with the letters A to Z, were chosen by Blake for an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in London. They include examples of both "fine art" and illustrations, each with its own "flavor," but all having a story basis. Each is introduced by a group of kids drawn by Blake and followed by their usually humorous comments, reactions, and questions. The chosen works range from Daumier's "Don Quixote and Sancho Panza" to Innocenti's illustration for Pinocchio; from an x-ray of a still life painting to a scene from Zwerger's Dwarf Nose. The animated cartoony drawings of the appealing children, with their honest words as the only text, come before and after each picture, with the picture itself standing alone on the page spread so that viewers can let their "imagination meet the imagination of the artist." This is an opportunity to discover artists previously unknown, while noting the parallels between the art in museums and that in picture books. A final note encourages viewers in their looking. Further details on each art work, its creator and location follow. 2003 (orig. 2001), Millbrook Press, Ages 8 up.
— Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 6-Believing that enjoyment of the art in picture books can be a prelude to pleasure in a museum, Blake designed an exhibit (with the same title as this book) at the National Gallery in London. The images in the show and on these pages come from European children's books and Great Britain's galleries and were chosen for their story potential. Blake's signature caricatures cavort and converse before and after each of the 26 pictures, modeling responses that invite imitation. His arrangement is alphabetical by artist, from Hendrick Avercamp to Lisbeth Zwerger. ("X," however, is an X ray of an underpainting, sure to fascinate since it is different from the surface.) Four pages are devoted to each entry. Initially, sketches of children, outlined in black and dabbed with gray/blue patches of color, carry signs that announce the artist's name. The spread that follows includes a blank, white page and then the featured art-a presentation that minimizes distraction. The fourth page provides the young visitors' emotional responses to the work. ("Nobody would buy that." "What do you think that music sounded like?") Most entries will be unfamiliar to American audiences, and some details are difficult to discern. As with any stroll through a museum, what strikes one's fancy is completely idiosyncratic. Blake's approach is an engaging path to art appreciation, with plenty of child appeal. The book concludes with illustrated and annotated attributions for each work and a list of locations/credits. A welcome addition to the realm of visual literacy for families and educators.-Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845076870
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Publication date:
08/28/2006
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
5 - 12 Years

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