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Title:
Katie and the Mona Lisa
Author:
Mayhew, James, 1964-
Personal Author:
Edition:
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Orchard Books, 1999.

©1998
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 22 x 26 cm
Summary:
At the art museum, while her grandmother dozes, Katie steps into the painting of the Mona Lisa and together they have adventures with the characters from four other well-known Renaissance paintings. Includes informationabout the artists.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.4 0.5 66948.
ISBN:
9780531301777
Format :
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Katie and her grandmother are off to visit the museum again, and tiffs time Katie steps into the Mona Lisa painting to find out what makes her smile. Mona Lisa, it turns out, no longer feels happy because she is lonely, so Katie takes her from painting to painting to try to bring back her smile. They explore several Renaissance masterpieces, and soon the museum is in a muddle. In the end, Katie helps the Mona Lisa's find her smile.


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Booklist Review

Ages 5^-8. In Katie Meets the Impressionists [BKL Ap 1 99], the incorrigible girl climbed in and out of several impressionist paintings. This time, while Grandma rests on a museum bench, Katie convinces a sad Mona Lisa to leave her portrait in order to regain her famous smile. Katie leads the lady to several other famous Italian Renaissance works. When they climb into Raphael's St. George and the Dragon, St. George abandons the princess to the dragon and devotes his attention solely to Mona Lisa. The two intruders next break up the dance in Botticelli's Primavera before being flown over Venice on the wings of Carpaccio's The Lion of St. Mark. Touching down in the museum gallery once again, they encounter the angry, displaced characters from the classic paintings; but an angel steps out of a painting by an unnamed student of Leonardo's to calm the scene and coax everyone back into their respective pictures. After such an exciting diversion, Mona Lisa once again can smile, and children will, too, at this entertaining, light-hearted introduction to serious works of art. Mayhew successfully mimics his subjects' style, creating another art appreciation adventure. --Ellen Mandel


Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-This is the fourth book in which Katie visits a museum with her grandmother. This time, while Grandma is resting, the little girl admires the Mona Lisa. She wonders aloud what it is that makes her smile. "Then come inside, bambina!" beckons the painted lady. When she does, Katie discovers that Mona Lisa is bored. Together they visit several other famous works from the Italian Renaissance, wreak havoc in the museum by letting characters out of their frames, and learn something about each painting. In the museum, Katie and her surroundings are sketched with plenty of white space around them, but each time she enters a painting, the entire two-page spread is completely colored in, adding depth and detail to the original piece of artwork. Raphael's St. George, Botticelli's dancers, Carpaccio's lion, and Leonardo's angel all spring to life. A page of brief information on the featured artists is appended. This fanciful tale is not particularly compelling but it may encourage children to use their imaginations when viewing fine art.-Kathleen Simonetta, Indian Trails Public Library District, Wheeling, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.