Unlikely Pairs

Fun with Famous Works of Art

From the Series Bob Raczka's Art Adventures

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 12   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Museums have very logical ways of displaying works of art. Usually they group works by artist, by movement, or by time period, so that impressionist works or classical works can be viewed together. And many museums are devoted to displaying only a certain type of art. In Unlikely Pairs, Bob Raczka offers us an exhibit like no others, organized solely for fun. The painting of a seventeenth-century Dutch artist sits next to that of a twentieth-century American. Classical sculpture is paired with modern painting. The result is a rollicking romp through a most unusual exhibit. The reader is challenged to figure out the relationship between the various unlikely pairs and in so doing will look very carefully and perhaps even learn something new about different artists and styles along they way.

Format Your Price
Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Nonfiction
Copyright 2006
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2005-08-01
BISACS JNF006040, JNF006000
Dewey 750'.1'1
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 8 x 10
Features Reviewed, Source notes, and Starred Reviews


The Horn Book Guide

“This wordless book urges readers to think about art in different ways by pairing artworks of diverse era and styles.” —The Horn Book Guide

Library Media Connection

“Once again, Bob Raczka has approached the world of art in a unique and thought-provoking manner. . . Certainly visual art teachers can use this book to work with students in evaluating, comparing, and contrasting different styles of painting. However, of even greater potential is the opportunity to extend beyond the painting, to observe and reflect, and then respond verbally or in written format to abstract questions and extensions. . . as outstanding as Raczka’s other books, this title opens a world of opportunity through the appreciation of art. Educators can only hope that the author will continue to find unique ways of sharing the world of art with his readers.” —Library Media Connection

School Library Journal

“Raczka deserves an A+ for cleverness. . . this book is an amusing way to introduce children to famous works of art.” —School Library Journal

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.