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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Genius of Leonardo (The)
by Guido Visconti
Age Range: 6-8
This engaging picture book biography of Leonardo da Vinci’s life and work is seen through the eyes of his ten-year-old assistant Giacomo who has come to live with him. Leonardo notes in his diary that his young assistant ‘is a liar, a cheat and a greedy brute. He eats as much as two boys and causes as much trouble as four’.
Giacomo looks on in wonder as Leonardo paints the Mona Lisa, The Last Supper and designs a flying machine. Young readers will learn about da Vinci's ideas on painting, science, and the nature of time. Guido Visconti cleverly incorporates many of Leonardo’s original words and sketches from his notebooks and subtly draws attention to the extent to which the multi-talented Leonardo was ahead of his time as an artist, map-maker, engineer, scientist, architect, musician and inventor.
Award-winning Bimba Landmann's stunning illustrations really capture the spirit of Leonardo. This is a thought-provoking book which children will find fascinating.