If da Vinci painted a Dinosaur– written by Amy Newbold, pictures by Greg Newbold


          If da Vinci painted a Dinosaur– written by Amy Newbold, pictures by Greg Newbold.  Tilbury House Publishers, 2018. 9780884486671.

Format: Hardcover.

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review): 4

Genre:  Picture book

What did you like about the book? Imagine if da Vinci painted the Dino Lisa, or Andy Warhol a can of Dino Noodle soup.  This fun art history overview reimagines several famous paintings, including The Scream and The Great Wave off Kanagawa, with dinosaurs as the subject. A diverse range of artists is covered, including Frida Kahlo, Qi Baishi, and Cassius Coolidge, whose A Friend in Need is presented as a “cretaceous card game.”  The husband and wife creative team also include a “Meet the Artists” section, a list of dinosaurs depicted on each page, and helpful advice for beginning artists.

Anything you didn’t like about it? Some important artists are missing – but I assume they are covered in the Newbolds’ previous book!

To whom would you recommend this book? Great for elementary art teachers to keep in their classroom library (along with the previous book If Picasso Painted a Snowman); would be appropriate for young artists and budding paleontologists, too!

Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? no

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Leigh King, Lincoln St. Elementary School, Northborough, Mass.

Date of review:10/19/18

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