Action Figures

Paintings of Fun, Daring, and Adventure

From the Series Bob Raczka's Art Adventures

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 3   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 1

Here’s your ticket to see some of the most colorful characters of the art world in action. Bob Raczka presents ringmasters, cannon blasters, dragon slayers, baseball players, and more – all captured on canvas by some of the world’s most well-known artists. In these eighteen action-packed paintings, Raczka covers a wide range of times, places, and artistic styles. From Saint George and the Dragon (1470) by Paolo Uccello to Watson and the Shark (1782) by John Singleton Copley to BLAM (1962) by Roy Lichtenstein, this is art that will get your heart racing!

Format List Price Your Price Qty
$25.32 $18.99
Interest Level Preschool - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 1
Genre Nonfiction
Copyright 2010
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2009-08-01
BISACS JNF002000, JNF006000
Dewey 704.9'42
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 8 x 10
Features Reviewed


The Horn Book Guide

“This book presents eighteen paintings illustrating the volume’s theme of action in art. Works include Lichtenstein’s Blam, Rivera’s The Conquest of Mexico, and Bruegel’s Children’s Games. Each piece is described through short captions that together form a rhymed text: ‘Ringmasters / Cannon Blasters…Big Top Swingers / Stone Slingers.’ Notes about the paintings are appended.”
The Horn Book Guide

School Library Journal

“. . .this enjoyable collection presents an array of action-packed art fit for independent perusal or group discussion.” —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.