The National Menagerie of Art: Masterpieces from Vincent Van Goat to Lionhardo da Stinki

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Have you ever seen those images of the Mona Lisa except her face is replaced with a squirrel or a dog, or visited an art shop with famous painting replicas that have been comically modified?

This lengthy, colorful picture book, written and illustrated by Thaïs Vanderheyden, is complete with altered pieces of art inspired by various artists, including Vincent Van Goat and Lionhardo Da Stinki. Toward the end of the book, Vanderheyden shows a gallery of the original works of art, in which the reader can match the original masterpieces to their animal ones.

I enjoyed Vanderheyden’s funny illustrations as a teenager; however, she most likely intended this book for a younger reader due to the silly names she used when referring to the original artists. Personally, I believe the formatting could have been more effective if the author merged the gallery with her animal versions, allowing the reader to learn simultaneously about the original art while looking at Vanderheyden’s creative versions.

I would recommend this book to kids interested in learning about art in a visually fun way, perhaps along with an adult to read the facts about the original paintings under each of their images on the last few pages of the book.

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Author Thaïs Vanderheyden
Star Count 3/5
Format Hard
Page Count 56 pages
Publisher Prestel Junior
Publish Date 03-May-2022
ISBN 9783791375090
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Issue July 2022
Category Children's