Katie and the Mona Lisa
By (author) James Mayhew
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Katie and the Mona Lisa by James Mayhew
Book DescriptionFive famous Italian Renaissance paintings come alive for Katie when she steps into the picture frames. What makes the Mona Lisa smile? Katie wants to find out so she climbs into the Leonardo Da Vinci painting. But the Mona Lisa is not really feeling very happy, so Katie tries to cheer her up ...with disastrous results! Includes five masterpieces from five Italian Renaissance artists: Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci, An Angel in Red with a Lute by an associate of Leonardo, St George and the Dragon by Raphael, Primavera by Sandro Botticelli, The Lion of St Mark by Vittore Carpaccio
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781860397066
(231mm x 131mm x 4mm)
Imprint: Orchard Books
Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
Publish Date: 23-Sep-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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UK Kirkus Review » Katie takes her grandmother to the gallery to look at her favourite painting. While her grandmother dozes, Katie steps into the picture to find out what makes the Mona Lisa smile. It turns out that she is not feeling very happy and together they go into various paintings to find something to make her smile again. They are chased by the dragon in Raphael's 'St George and the Dragon' and upset the dancers in Botticelli's 'Primavera'. This is the third in an enlightening series with an ingenious way to approach art. (6-9 yrs) (Kirkus UK)
US Kirkus Review » Katie's back (Katie Meets the Impressionists, p. 148) this time to trip through the world of Renaissance paintings with her new friend, Mona Lisa. When Katie appears inside her painting, Mona Lisa admits she's lonely and starts to cry. Plucky Katie decides to give her a walking tour through the other paintings to cheer her friend up. The chivalrous hero of St. George and the Dragon is charmed by Mona Lisa's beauty, but a visit to Botticelli's Primavera angers the dancing muses, who chase the two new friends away. Eventually, the main character in The Lion of St. Mark and St. George's dragon lock claws in a fight on the museum floor, which involves the muses, St. George, an angel with a lute, and museum patrons. The fight tickles Mona Lisa's funny bone. Mayhew's drawings artfully combine classical reproductions with lively illustrations, in this more sobering trek through art than found in Bjorn Sortland's Anna's Art Adventure (p. 889). (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - James Mayhew
James Mayhew studied at Maidstone College of Art and his first children's book, Katie's Picture Show was published in 1989. It's been firmly in print ever since, recognised universally as the original and best introduction to art for children. Many more titles have followed, and the series sells in museums and galleries all over the world, from the Met in New York, to the Uffizi in Florence, the Louvre in Paris and beyond. He is also the creator of the much-loved Ella Bella Ballerina series, and many other titles. Alongside his work in publishing, James has devised and performed in a hugely successful series of concerts for children, combining live classical music, storytelling and live art. From Peter and the Wolf, to Scheherazade, James has worked internationally with many different orchestras and musicians, creating illustrations in time to music. James grew up in Suffolk but now lives in Hertfordshire.
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