An ALA Notable Children's Book 2020
"Tamara Shopsin and Jason Fulford create some of my favourite children's books and their latest collaboration lives up to my high expectations of their work... A fun interactive board book with flaps and directions and introduce kids to works of fine art from the Whitney Museum's collection. The message behind the book is one that many kids are already familiar with and good at: keep looking."—Baby Librarians
"An interactive board book with lift the flaps, foldout pages, cutouts, and more that help little fingers explore famous works of art."—Bookriot
"Take a peek at art from a variety of different literal and metaphorical angles. Innovatively designed... The format enhances readers' understanding of the art. Art appreciation with an ingenious twist."—Starred review, Kirkus Reviews
"Adults and children alike will love exploring and discussing each page of Art This Way. Art This Way can be used in a classroom unit on art appreciation. This is a unique and interesting board book that should be in every home and school library."—Kiss the Book Jr.
"Art This Way notably features a variety of foldouts, flaps and die cuts that encourage young readers to dig deeper into the curated selection of fine art, in which male and female artists are showcased equally."—The Star Online
"Unfold pages, lift flaps, gaze into mirrors, and interact with art like never before."—All A Board Magazine
"A wonderful and fun way to introduce youngest readers to the joys of creativity, Art This Way makes a unique addition to home, classroom, and public library board book collections."—Celebrate Picture Books
"Bold, bright, and playful, Art This Way encourages not only looking carefully but looking again."—Cosmic Bookshelf
"An interactive board book to help foster art appreciation in young children."—Booklist Online
Take a peek at art from a variety of different literal and metaphorical angles.
Veritably daring readers to look at art in a fresh new way, this innovatively designed board book features a variety of foldouts, flaps, and die cuts. From its disorienting upside-down first page, the authors use the medium to its best advantage. Never gimmicky, the format enhances readers' understanding of the art. A Lichtenstein pop-art page superbly uses a die cut as a frame to draw eyes to the half-toning that makes the piece work, and lifting a flap "Up" reveals a hanging Calder mobile. This is one of the rare board books that speaks to many ages: A long, colorful foldout of Warhol flower variants would be ideal for a baby to gaze at during tummy time. A Cindy Sherman-inspired shiny mirrored page with black glasses will attract toddlers' eyes, but knowing it works as a disguise will intrigue preschool readers. All of the carefully curated and concisely explained pieces of art are from the Whitney collection. They include sculpture, prints, mobiles, and photography, and male and female artists are showcased equally. The selections, which also include a street-art photograph of children playing with sidewalk chalk and an intriguing sculpture of a woman alongside her small dog, have broad child appeal.
Art appreciation with an ingenious twist. (Board book. 6 mos.-5)