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

Author: Bob Raczka

Author of the art appreciation series, Bob Raczka's Art Adventures, Bob Raczka studied both art and advertising in college. He has worked as an advertising writer for 30+ years, and has published more than 30 children's books. His work has received multiple awards including the Claudia Lewis Award for his first poetry book, Guyku: A Year of Haiku for Boys, and a Charlotte Zolotow Honor for Niko Draws a Feeling. Bob and his wife Amy have three grown children, Robert, Carl and Emma, plus two dogs, Penny and Pippa. He is based in Illinois.


  • 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