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Dr. Seusss Horse Museum

Dr. Seuss's Horse Museum

Published: 5 Sep 2019

Hardback, 80 pages

Recommended for age 5+ and 7+

By Dr. Seuss

Illustrated by Andrew Joyner

Published by Penguin Random House Children's UK

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From the mind of Dr. Seuss comes a book to help understand the sometimes puzzling thing we call ART. Welcome to Dr. Seuss's Horse Museum - now open for a canter through art history. Your tour guide will show you how different artists can look at one thing - like a horse - and have totally different visions. These different visions create ART.

Reviewed by Rebecca Simpson-Hargreaves

Dr Seuss’s Horse Museum:  canter through art history

A comprehensive look at how artists have depicted horses over the centuries.

From prehistoric cave paintings to modern artists like Jackson Pollock, this book looks and delights in the human portrayal of horses. The reader is guided through a picture book art gallery of both sculpture and paintings. Throughout there are useful explanations and backstories to what you see and helpful summaries about the artists and works featured at the end of the book.

An appealing text for children who already love Dr Seuss, it moves on from his classic rhyme format for a more formal style. The reader is directly addressed through questions such as ‘What did the cave artist see in a horse? We don’t know. It’s a mystery. What do you think?’.  The most joyful aspect of this book is the accompanying illustrations by Andrew Joyner. The bring the text to life and add energy to the explanation text.

Dr. Seuss’s Horse Museum book would be handy if studying the timeline of art with children in the primary years. It could be used as a whole text or could be dipped in and out of if studying specific artists, such as Picasso.

I am a lecturer in Primary Education specialising in English at the University of Manchester. Lover of picture books, poetry, non fiction and fantasy. Passionate about using children's literature to develop children's empathy, self-awareness and social justice and human rights.