Tell Me A PictureI love art. I don’t always understand it, but I love it. I love how art draws out emotions and reactions from you. I love how a piece of art can encourage conversation and questions. My two are already regulars at various art galleries. When they were under one they seemed to prefer Cubism – I think it was the bold colours and interesting lines. Now their taste is much more varied. But each time I take them to a gallery, I realise how little I actually know about art. My little girl asks so many questions and I’d love to be able to answer them, so I’ve started collecting books so we can learn together. Tell Me a Picture by Quentin Blake is one of my favourites.

 

Tell Me a Picture is the title of an exhibition that Quentin Blake put together for the London National Gallery. He’s mixed in paintings from the old masters with modern works of art, and has organised it as an A-Z of art. Each artwork is accompanied by an illustration with characters who prompt you to think about what you see. Sometimes they make observations, other times they ask you questions. This is the perfect book for curling up on the sofa with your children. We have spent many a lazy afternoon looking at the pictures and chatting about what we see.

Tell Me A Picture

Another great feature of the book is the cheat sheet at the back – just incase you need to the added information so you can impress your children!

Tell Me A Picture

Book Title: Tell Me a Picture

Author: Quentin Blake

ISBN: 9781847806420

If you are considering buying this book, by buying it through the Book Depository links provided, you can help me fund our home library! Even better – it doesn’t cost you any extra and it’s currently 25% off!

And it’s Tuesday – so I’ve linked again with Jess for I blog on Tuesdays. Check out the other great posts!

Written by Nadia

9 Comments

nadiamc

I loved it so much I splurged on the hard cover – it is that good ūüôā I figure it’s something that we’ll discover more and more as they get older and understand more about art and culture.

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Bec @ Seeing the Lighter Side

What a great idea for a book! I’ll never forget my 4 month old blowing a raspberry at a weird post-modern type painting at a gallery I’d taken him to. Good taste, my boy ūüėČ Thanks for linking with #TeamIBOT.

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nadiamc

Hahaha! That’s fantastic. We had some of my first child’s mothers group catch ups at the NSW art gallery. You don’t realise how many artworks are near the ground, or how many sculptures aren’t roped off – until you have crawlers! Their reactions are so funny.

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Hugzilla

God, I love Quentin Blake’s illustrations – they take me straight back to a sweet spot in my youth. All those Roald Dahl stories. Such a classic collaboration.

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nadiamc

Can you imagine being in the room with the two of them when they were collaborating! I love how their work is still enjoyed by children today. It’s lovely to be able to share our great loves. Hardy Boys and Famous Five still get a good run in a lot of schools.

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