Art Is...

From the Series Bob Raczka's Art Adventures

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

When you think of art, do you think of painting and sculpture? Bob Raczka shows us that even these traditional artistic mediums can be created in untraditional ways. Art can also be draped, chiseled, pasted and drizzled. But unusual approaches to painting and sculpture are only the beginning. We learn that art comes in many forms – a wall or a ceiling, a lamp or a rug, a goblet or a musical instrument. Simple rhyming verse pairs beautifully with reproductions of twenty-seven works of art, ranging from 17,000-year-old cave paintings to some very interesting contemporary creations. Each piece is as unique as the artist themselves, and each is included here to expand our notions of what art is.

Format Your Price Add
Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Social Studies
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Browseable Nonfiction
Copyright 2003
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2003-08-01
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF006000, JNF006040, JNF006070
Dewey 701
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 8 x 10
Guided Reading Level P
Features Awards, Reviewed, and Source notes


  • NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, Winner, 2003


Library Media Connection

“This deceptively simple introduction to various works of art features vivid, high-quality photos accompanied by rhyming couplets.The crisp font and vibrant illustrations make this suitable as a read-aloud for any age group. Recommended.”
Library Media Connection

School Library Journal

“While the text and concepts are appropriate for young children, the quality of the works depicted makes the book suitable for older readers as well. An interesting look at the forms art can take.”
School Library Journal

The Horn Book Guide

“This admirable introduction to art appreciation uses an unobtrusive rhyming text to present and unify twenty-seven works of art. . . The clean, simple design and beautifully printed reproductions enhance the presentation; useful age-appropriate notes provide context.”
The Horn Book Guide

Author: Bob Raczka

Bob Raczka and his wife Amy are the co-creators of three masterpieces: Robert, Carl and Emma. They live in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, with their dog Rufus, who is also a piece of work. As a boy, Bob loved to draw—especially dinosaurs, cars, and airplanes. He also enjoyed making paper airplanes and model rockets. He's a lifelong Cubs fan. Thanks to good grades (and some help from his high school art teachers) he went to college at the University of Illinois, where he majored in art. On a whim, Bob took an advertising copywriting class and loved it. When he graduated, he became an advertising writer. But when his first child, Robert, was born, he rediscovered children's books and thought, "I want to do this." So Bob began sending out manuscripts and collecting rejection letters. Five years later, he sold his first manuscript, a book about art called No One Saw. Little did he know, it would become the first book in his ongoing series, Bob Raczka's Art Adventures.