Nikalas Catlow (text and illus.), David Sinden (illus.), The Arty Book, Bloomsbury/Allen & Unwin, Sept 2016, 160pp., $16.99 (pbk), ISBN: 9781408870662
‘Arty,’ the muse, guide and generally fun character at the centre of this art activity book for younger and older children will inspire, amuse and provide hours of fun on rainy or sunny days. Using the character of ‘Arty’ as the starting point for each art project, children are encouraged to let their imaginations run wild, decorating, colouring in, splashing paint around, creating collages and performing their arty creations through the use of all their senses.
This clever, engaging activity book encourages the young artist to think laterally about what might constitute a work of art. It also includes a centre page of stickers for children to use in their creations. Highly recommended 6+
Reviewed by Mem Capp