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Van Gogh
Venezia, Mike.
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Publication Information:
Chicago : Childrens Press, [1988]

Physical Description:
32 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm.
Briefly examines the life and work of the nineteenth-century Dutchman who was one of the greatest artists of all time.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.4 0.5 1556.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 6.1 3 Quiz: 19948 Guided reading level: P.

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ND653.G7 V46 1988 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
ND653.G7 V46 1988 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
ND653.G7 V46 1988 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography

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Presents a biography of Van Gogh

Author Notes

Mike Venezia was born on June 8, 1945 in New York City. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. He was the executive art director and vice president at Leo Burnett Company for 33 years. He retired to work full time on his books and videos. He started his writing career back in 1978, when he authored and illustrated books for Childrens Press. His books include the Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists series, Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers series, Getting to Know the U.S. Presidents series, and Getting to Know the World's Greatest Inventors and Scientists series.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 1

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4 A bizarre juxtaposition of cartoons and sly jokes with reproductions of the intense chromatic portraits and landscapes of the mentally-tortured painter ends in a tasteless mix. In an attempt to be lighthearted, Venezia seems to be laughing at van Gogh's unhappiness. The famous Bedroom at Arles is presented as ``pretty neat'' because his friend Gauguin complained that van Gogh was messy. The Self Portrait with Bandaged Ear ``looks like he wished he hadn't done it,'' and, soon after painting a ``scary'' Wheatfield with Crows, ``van Gogh shot himself. He died two days later.'' The use of cartoon-like ``asides'' works in Robert Quackenbush's brief biographies for this age group, but it isn't effective in introducing art. Perhaps it is the incongruity of great paintings and slapstick drawings that jars, but more likely it is that Venezia reduces passion to petulance and explains genius as a matter of bright colors and thick paint. The book has some good reproductions which can be used to introduce young children to van Gogh's paintings, but the text is neither fun nor funny. Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, N.J. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.