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All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
Ascender, Volume 1: The Haunted Galaxy by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen
Dear Martin by Nic Stone Death by Tea by Alex Erickson
Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang
The Electric Heir by Victoria Lee
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The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives In Your Home by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega
If da Vinci Painted a Dinosaur by Amy Newbold
Go to Sleep (I Miss You) by Lucy Knisley
Gone with the Whisker by Laurie Cass
The Haunting of Vancouver Island by Shanon Sinn
The Haunting on Heliotrope Lane by Carolyn Keene
He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not by Robin Mayhall
Heartwood Hotel: Home Again by Kallie George
The Legend of Korra: Ruins of the Empire Part Three by Michael Dante DiMartino
The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan
Lyle and the Birthday Party by Bernard Waber
Mimi Lee Gets a Clue by Jennifer J. Chow
Nate Expectations by Tim Federle
No Mallets Intended by Victoria Hamilton
Shadow of the Batgirl by Sarah Kuhn and Nicole Goux
Stand Up, Yumi Chung! by Jessica Kim
This is Rome by Miroslav Sasek
The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Verse and Vengeance by Amanda Flower
We Are the Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian
When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri

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If da Vinci Painted a Dinosaur: 04/05/20

If da Vinci Painted a Dinosaur

If da Vinci Painted a Dinosaur by Amy Newbold is a mashup between paleontology and art history. It begins with the supposition: what if Leonardo da Vinci painted dinosaurs instead of people? From there the book works through other periods of art and other artists, applying the same question.

Da Vinci, being the inspiration for the book gets two dinosaur pieces. There is the Vitruvian dinosaur and then there is Mona Lisa as a dinosaur, sitting before an ancient backdrop resplendent with a lava flow.

There is Matisse, Edgar Degas, Cassius Coolidge (of the poker playing dogs fame), Mary Cassatt, Baishi, Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Andy Warhol, Franz Marc, Harrison Begay, Alma Thomas, Aaron Douglas, Mark Rothko, Lois Mailou Jones, Marguerite Zorach, and Edvard Munch included in the book. It's a fun jaunt through a variety of styles, artists and time periods, with the bonus of all these dinosaurs.

I found the book during my research for a summer art camp I taught on birds and dinosaurs. This ended up being the central focus to my approach when planning projects to do with the children.

Five stars

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