Katie and the Mona Lisa Paperback
by James Mayhew
Part of the Katie series
Five famous Italian Renaissance paintings come alive for Katie when she steps into the picture frames.
What makes the Mona Lisa smile? Katie wants to find out so she climbs into the Leonardo Da Vinci painting.
But the Mona Lisa is not really feeling very happy, so Katie tries to cheer her up ...with disastrous results!
Includes five masterpieces from five Italian Renaissance artists: Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci, An Angel in Red with a Lute by an associate of Leonardo, St George and the Dragon by Raphael, Primavera by Sandro Botticelli, The Lion of St Mark by Vittore Carpaccio
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 32 pages, colour and b&w illustrations
- Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
- Publication Date: 23/09/1999
- Category: Picture books
- ISBN: 9781860397066
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Review by emilylambeth
This book is a wonderful book to read if a teacher is wanting their students to be interested in famous paintings or artists. They can encourage these topics by telling the students that Katie (the little girl in the book) had a great adventure getting to learn about many different paintings. Teachers can also use this book to encourage students to use their imagination.
Review by sskatherine
I truthfully wasn't sure what to expect from this book when I put it on hold at the library. I chose it because we are studying Italy at the moment, and I thought it would be fun to look at a particular painting with my students. I read it aloud to a group of K-2 students, and pretended the main character (Katie) was actually me, because we have the same name. As I read I made interjections about the story, but looking back it might have been fun to read it from a first person perspective. Regarding the story, Mona Lisa and Katie take a tour through various paintings in the museum, seeking someone or something that can make Mona Lisa smile again. The dialogue is entertaining and the authors grasp of the stories or backgrounds of the individual stories is commendable. It was fun to see Katie talking to Saint George and dancing with the maidens in Primavera. The illustrations were fun and reflective of the paintings Katie and Mona Lisa were visiting. The bright colors and detail used made it seem like a fairy tale, and I can imagine reading this as a child, inspecting all of the intriguing small details. Lastly, I like that the paintings Katie and Mona Lisa travel through are images of the actual paintings when viewed inside the museum. This is a tactic used by other authors (Ian Falconer with Olivia, for example) and it makes an effort at exposing children to art, which I appreciate.