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Gallery Ghost: Find the Ghost Who Paints the Most!    by Anna Nilsen order for
Gallery Ghost
by Anna Nilsen
Order:  USA  Can
Birdcage Press, 2008 (2008)
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch

This unique book offers up a twist on a spot the differences type of book. It features reproductions of two dozen actual works of art by such famous painters as Henri Rousseau, Edward Hopper, Mary Cassatt, Paul Klee and Edouard Manet. All of the artwork featured is actually displayed in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D. C..

There are also fakes - paintings that resemble the real ones, but which have been tampered with by the ghost artists, whose spirits reside in the art gallery. The ghosts have inserted images from other actual paintings featured in the book into their own paintings, and the reader's job is to spot the differences. The pictures in the book are split horizontally, making it easy and fun to match up the real and fake paintings.

A score sheet is included to track the number of changes noted. A magnifying glass accompanies the book to add to the fun of detecting what does and does not actually belong in the authentic painting. The answer key is in the back. Helpful descriptions of each scene is included, as well as a short biography of each artist.

It is obvious that a lot of work went into putting together this wonderful book - it's a terrific introduction to famous artists and their work. Children of all ages will have so much fun figuring out the differences, that they may not even realize that they are learning something along the way. Gallery Ghost is highly recommended for home or classroom use.

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