BrightPoint Press: Exploring Art Reviews

Animation: ISBN 978-1-6782-0118-0 / eBook: 978-1-6782-0119-7
Anime and Manga: ISBN 978-1-6782-0116-6 / eBook: 978-1-6782-0117-3
Comic Art: ISBN 978-1-6782-0120-3 / eBook: 978-1-6782-0121-0
Graffiti Art: ISBN 978-1-6782-0122-7 / eBook: 978-1-6782-0123-4
Tattoo Art: ISBN 978-1-6782-0124-1 / eBook: 978-1-6782-0125-8
School Library Journal, Series Made Simple supplement November 1, 2021

Gr 6 Up—If your art section ends with Warhol, you might need some high-interest books on art forms that overlap with illustration, style, and evolving public opinion. Is graffiti art? Is tattooing? Readers get to make up their own minds while exploring the history and context of these forms. Tips on techniques and tools introduce vocabulary, and Tattoo includes a useful section on how tattooing actually works. Many of these genres are suffused with slang, acronyms, and in the case of manga and anime, Japanese words. These books embrace this specialized language—readers already familiar with the genre will feel like they're in the right place, while newcomers will get a leg-up on the lingo. Examples stick to the mainstream, however—kids who follow their favorite graffiti, comics, and tattoo artists on Instagram will not find much. Introductory pages of bullet points will be enticing for students looking for a shortcut to a report, and large photos inserted into short chapters may draw them further into the book. VERDICT Great nonfiction choices for pop culture fans.