Leonardo Da Vinci
Kingfisher, Hardcover, 9780753461747, 64pp.
Publication Date: October 13, 2009
At just twelve years old, Paulo becomes an apprentice to Leonardo da Vinci, the brilliant artist and inventor. Dull is not how Paulo describes life in Leonardo's busy studio. There are floors to sweep, paints to mix, errands to run, and drawings to be made. But there are mysterious events, too. Another apprentice is not all that he seems, and an evening visit to a hospital uncovers some very interesting happenings Paulo's diary tells of an exciting moment in Renaissance Italy; it's a young boy's insight into a fascinating time and place and his glimpse into the mind of one of the world's greatest geniuses, as well as a story told from the heart.
Steve Augarde is a writer and illustrator. He has published over 80 books, ranging from story books and pop-up books for young readers to his recent novels for older children, including the captivating Various trilogy.
Library Media ConnectionThis book would be a welcome addition to school library collections for both its art and its history focus... A book readers will continue to pick up. School Library JournalThis highly visual book includes reproductions of Leonardo’s drawings and paintings and photographs from around Italy, and the journal portion is peppered with original full-color artwork depicting scenes from the apprentice’s narrative. A fun glimpse into the life of one of the world’s great artists. Kirkus Reviews[B]oth readers who take their history straight and those who prefer facts dished up in a fictional matrix will be equally drawn to appreciate the great artist’s unique multiplicity of talents. Informational fiction. BooklistAugarde offers readers a fascinating glimpse of da Vinci at the height of his inventive prowess . . . as well as his creative apex (at work on The Last Supper) . . . . Brown’s artwork, peppered with da Vinci’s distinctive designs, adds liveliness and color to the narrative, while thorough yet inviting back matter delves further into both the importance of da Vinci’s importance and the Renaissance. Through the Looking Glass Children's Book ReviewsWonderful illustrations, reproductions of Leonardo da Vinci’s art works, photographs and maps all compliment the well written and easy to follow text in this excellent book.