Wednesday 3 August 2016

Vincent’s Starry Night and Other Stories - A book review

With featured artists including European greats like Michelangelo and Rembrandt, as well as global art visionaries such as Katsushika Hokusai and Frida Kahlo...

Vincent’s Starry Night and Other Stories
Author: Michael Bird
Illustrated by: Kate Evans
For: children aged 9+
Published: August 2016 by Laurence King
Available from: All good bookshops 
Priced: £19.95
ISBN: 978-1-78067-614-2

Laurence King, a publishing house that I have worked with on numerous occasions now, have brought to my attention a really special new children's book by the renowned art historian Michael Bird, called Vincent's Starry Night and Other Stories. 

Let me begin by saying that parents are bound to enjoy this book every bit as much as their children. Why? It is alluringly captivating for young and old alike. It is fun, educational, arty and pleasurable.

Put succinctly, it's a really beautiful book that includes 68 short stories, telling over 40,000 years of art history, from cave paintings, through Cambodian temples, modernism and then to Ai Wei Wei and his sunflower seeds. Stories which give young readers a compelling sense of how artists’ lives changed throughout history. 

Vincent’s Starry Night and Other Stories is really rather wonderful. From its enchanting classic picture book style illustrations, to its enthralling stories and global tour throughout art and its rich history, it is an unforgettable way to introduce young readers to the lives and works of history’s greatest artists.

Emma Oliver received a copy of Vincent's Starry Night and Other Stories in exchange for a review on the parenting/lifestyle blog LIFE AS IT IS.

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