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Susie Brooks has a first class history of art degree and has worked as an editor and writer of children's non-fiction and picture books for over ten years. She's an artist herself and sometimes runs art workshops with young children. She lives in Edinburgh.
From its attention-grabbing title to its lively, inclusive illustrations, this is a book which will instantly attract young readers to pick it up and, once opened, they will be completely engaged by this first-rate explanation of genetics. The concept of every individual thing having its own recipe is one that is firmly anchored in what young children can understand from their own lived experience and the facts are quite literally mind-boggling and certainly added to my own knowledge. It had (foolishly) never really occurred to me that we would have genetic links to plants or that a grain of rice could have more genes than a human being. Explaining about “bossy” dominant genes, and what genetic characteristics we share with other creatures and then what percentage we share (99 % with chimps of course) leads to an understanding of how alike we all are- we are 99.9% identical to every other human on earth and yet we are all uniquely ourselves. This is not just an important scientific concept beautifully explained, but, through words and images, it carries the message of understanding, empathy and tolerance for others. An essential addition to school and home libraries.
Ocean Emporium is a fine example of the new wave of non-fiction books which are not just full of thoughtfully presented information but as beautiful to look at as the best picture books. Susie Brooks and Dawn Cooper take readers through the world’s oceans, opening our eyes to the extraordinary variety of creatures that inhabit them, and illustrating some of the dramas that take place there – a confrontation between a pack of orcas and a great white shark is particularly memorable. It’s not just the big predators that catch our attention – the sea urchins, pipefish, nudi branchs (sea slugs) will fascinate children too. Each creature is labelled with its common and scientific name, and there is a useful glossary and index. This is a book to pore over, one that will open children’s eyes to the beauty of the natural world, and inspire them to find out more.
Get into Art Stories explores a fascinating array of pictures that tell stories, from battle scenes to fairy tales to timeless myths, from artists as diverse as Edward Hopper, Matisse, L. S. Lowry and the creators of the Bayeux Tapestry. Each artwork is paired with an art activity for children to do themselves. Art projects are varied, intriguing and clearly explained and will act as a springboard for plenty of artistic experiments. Readers can combine their practical activity and creativity with discovering a wealth of fine art. You might also like Get Into Art: People...with great tips on portrait drawing and Get Into Art: Animals...with lots of suggestions on drawing animals and birds and introducing movement into your artwork.
Get into Art! Animals explores a fascinating array of animal artworks from artists as diverse as Degas, Matisse and Braque. Susie Brooks has come up with a brilliant new way for active young artists aged 7+ of all abilities, as she pairs up an art activity for children to do themselves alongside a famous painting from which they can gain their inspiration. You might also like Get Into Art: People...with great tips on portrait drawing.
Get into Art! People explores a fascinating array of portraiture artworks from artists as diverse as Leonardo, Suerat, Picasso, Breughel and Munch. Each artwork is paired with an art activity for children to do themselves from the inspiration they gain from the original painting. Susie Brooks has created a brilliantly inspirational new way for young artists of every level to get inspired by art. You might also like Get Into Art: Animals...with lots of tips on drawing animals and birds and introducing movement into your artwork.