Item description for Vincent Van Gogh: Sunflowers and Swirly Stars (Smart About Art) by Joan Holub...
Overview Presents information about the life and art of the painter Vincent van Gogh in the form of a boy's school report.
Citations And Professional Reviews Vincent Van Gogh: Sunflowers and Swirly Stars (Smart About Art) by Joan Holub has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2002 page 160
PW Notes and Reprints - 11/19/2001 page 70
Booklist - 01/01/2002 page 869
Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/2001 page 160
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Studio: Grosset & Dunlap
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.02" Width: 7.1" Height: 0.14" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2001
Publisher Grosset & Dunlap
ISBN 0448425211 ISBN13 9780448425214 UPC 070918005992
Availability 0 units.
More About Joan Holub
Joan Holub is the author of more than 130 books for young readers, including the Goddess Girls series, the Heroes in Training series, "Zero the Hero", "Vincent van Gogh Sunflowers and Swirly Stars", and "Shampoodle". She lives in North Carolina.
In The Author's Own Words...
I graduated from college in Texas with a fine arts degree, and then freelanced as an art director at a graphic design firm for eight years. I dreamed of working in children's books, so I moved to New York City and became associate art director in Scholastic trade books, where I designed books for children and worked with editors and illustrators. It was a great job.
I illustrated my first published children's book in 1992 and soon began illustrating full time. I began completing manuscripts and mailing them out to publishers in the early 1990s. In 1996, I sold my first two manuscripts -- Boo Who? A Spooky Lift-the-Flap Book (Scholastic) and Pen Pals (Grosset & Dunlap). Yippee!
Now I write full time and have written and/or illustrated over 130 children's books. Creating books that entertain, inform, and interest children (and me) is a fabulous job that I truly love.
Joan Holub currently resides in Seattle, in the state of Washington.
Reviews - What do customers think about Vincent Van Gogh: Sunflowers and Swirly Stars (Smart About Art)?
The "Smart About..." series of books are wonderful Jan 5, 2008
My 5, 6 and 8 yr old kids are entranced when I read them the Smart About Art books. After reading one, I came back to this site and ordered as many as I could.
They are written as a student would write a book report, but are humorous, touching and extremely informative with plenty of examples of the artists' work. I attended Art School 20+ years ago and it was a refresher course for me as well. It includes background/personal info about the artist, but only as much as a child can comprehend and as it pertains to his art. These books have just the right amount of info on the artists and their work.
I wanted to share the world of art with my kids. Though my youngest two still use coloring books and my oldest reads chapter books without illustrations, these Smart About Art picture books are the perfect mix where they all can gain something from them--this series is neither too young nor too advanced.
After years of reading picture books, my kids often ask "can that really happen?" or "is that person real?" I wanted a break from the imaginative world of children's lit and now I'm happy to finally answer "Yes, this person really existed, this really happened!" after reading the Smart About Art books.
Great intro to the artist Oct 17, 2007
My five year old was so inspired reading this that she went to the basement and proceeded to make her own copies of his works. It is nice and simple, but with a decent amount of info and great pics.
Gogh for it! Jun 20, 2005
I wanted something to spark my 6YO son's interest in art. This book sure did. He asked me to read it to him a 2nd time right on the spot. He also spotted a Van Gogh print that I brought home. This is a fine series. I also got the Degas which wasn't quite as interesting but he still liked it. I just ordered Picasso and a few others. Get the Van Gogh and if your child loves it, try some of the others. (I also liked that this mentioned Van Gogh was very depressed once at loving a woman who didn't love him back.)
Starry Light....I mean Starry Night Oct 28, 2004
This is what my daughter called the famous painting when I first bought her this book. She is almost 4 and has owned this book for about 9 months and it is regularly a favorite that she likes to read...well, more often she likes to look at the pictures and name the paintings. This is a great intro to art book for young children. I highly recommend as a first book for your little art-lover, or art-lover-to-be.
Great, funny book with good facts and paintings Aug 1, 2004
My daughter read this book for a class report, and we liked the fact that this book coincidentally was written as though it was a child's report about Van Gogh. She was intrigued to find out that Van Gogh sold only one painting in his lifetime, and was not a rich artist. The humor in the writing and illustrations make this book accessible, fun, and informative, and help kids relate the artist's life. The evolution of Van Gogh's painting style beginning with Potato Eaters and the influences on his art are discussed in understandable terms. It was fun to learn that throughout his life, Vincent's best buddy was his brother Theo, even though they fought as siblings often do. The book contains many photos of Van Gogh's actual paintings. Great book. We both recommend it.