Speeding Down The Spiral: An Artful Adventure begins at the top of Frank Lloyd Wright’s famed spiral, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and unfurls through the museum as Lizzie, Ben and their dad speed by masterpieces from the permanent collection. The book is filled with colorful illustrations and beautiful reproductions of artwork, providing a great art history lesson for all ages.
Dad takes Lizzie and Ben to the museum. When he gets an email he has to take care of (a modern day plugged in parent), Lizzie gets bored just standing there holding her brother Ben’s stroller. She starts to go ahead without Dad and accidentally lets go of the stroller, causing Ben to go spiraling down the museum. As Lizzie starts to chase Ben, the museum guard tour guide, and visitors join in taking the reader through an “artful adventure.”
Deborah Goodman Davis, the author of this delightful book, knows art. She has introduced modern and contemporary art to audiences of all ages for many years as an art historian and curator. She was involved in significant gallery and museum exhibitions and has written on the history of art. She lives in New York City with her husband and two teenage kids, Lizzie and Ben (also the names of the book characters), and loves to visit museums.
The illustrator, Sophy Naess is an artist, illustrator, printmaker, and teacher. Her artwork has appeared in TimeOut New York and American Express Black Ink magazine. She illustrated poet Elinor Nauen’s book My Marriage A to Z (Cincos Puntos Press). Her own artist’s book, Color: A New Novel, has been met with critical acclaim. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
I read Speeding Down the Spiral to my girls (ages 8 (about to turn 9!) and 5) They loved it. They were exited to find out what happens to Ben, and enjoyed stopping along the way to read more about the art and artist. I knew it was a true hit when they argued who got to take our copy to bed. As a former art teacher, I loved how this book gave a great art lesson in a very fun an accessible way.
Want a copy for your child(ren)? We have one to give to one lucky reader.
To enter tell us your favorite museum to take the kids in comments. I love taking my girls to The Metropolitan Museum of Art and feel pretty lucky that we have the Montclair Art Museum right in town for a local, great museum.
One person who replies to this post by 11:59 pm EST on Sunday, December 16, 2012 will be chosen at random to receive a copy of Speeding Down The Spiral: An Artful Adventure.
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