Master-Pieces: Flip and Flop 10 Great Works of Art

Will Lach. Abbeville Kids, $15.95 (28p) ISBN 978-0-7892-1274-0
Horizontal cuts divide the pages of this large-format board book into thirds, allowing children to mix and match the facial features of people in 10 paintings and prints, including Gilbert Stuart’s “George Washington,” Frida Kahlo’s “Self-Portrait with Monkey,” and Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s “Vertumnus.” Brief first-person comments appear opposite the figures’ foreheads, eyes, and lips (“I am the queen of Hungary, and my red curls are like a crown,” reads one of three phrases beside Velázquez’s “Doña Maria de Austria, Queen of Hungary”), and an enlightening closing spread discusses the artists and subjects of each work. A well-executed, exquisite corpse–style introduction to art history. Ages 2–8. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 10/10/2016
Release date: 09/01/2016
Genre: Children's
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