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Children's LiteratureThis is a light-hearted book that challenges young art lovers to view paintings in a new and surprising way. Instead of considering each work of art individually, Raczka asks the reader to view them as pairs—pairs that no self-respecting museum would ever come up with, but which will delight youngsters all the same. What does one make, for instance, of the smiling woman plucking a guitar in a Vermeer painting, who gazes at a troupe of candy-colored cartoonish dancers painted by Keith Haring? It certainly creates an interesting image, suggesting a much livelier tune than one might otherwise imagine. What is a serious Jean-Frederic Bazille, palette and brush in hand, doing paired with an Andy Warhol landscape that looks exactly like an unfinished paint-by-number? Are the two people and their cat paddling through still waters in a George Caleb Bingham work about to drift over Frederic Edwin Church's magnificently rendered Niagara Falls? This slender volume is a delight to share with children of all ages, thought-provoking, amusing and, in its very sly fashion, educational. A catalogue listing of all artists is included in the back of the book, with thumbnail-sized reproductions of their paintings. 2006, First Avenue Editions/Lerner, Ages 4 up.