I find it fascinating that Damien Hirst is the author of a new children’s ABC book, imaginatively titled ‘ABC’.
An unlikely children’s author, Mr Hirst has compiled a A-Z book for children using his artworks as illustrative material, for example, D is for Diamonds (showing a picture of that infamous diamond-encrusted scull), L is for Lamb (with a picture of that lovely fluffy lamb in a vat of formaldehyde).
Other letters include: A for Anatomy, K for Kaleidoscope, and J for Jaws.
In addition, he has utilized his passion for typography in this book by putting letters in different typefaces: A is in Albertus, B is in Baskerville.
So, will such a venture encourage children to become interested in art? Will it appeal to all parents or just arty parents? Perhaps. I will certainly be buying a copy for my three-year old and can’t wait to see how he responds to it.
The Huffington Post arranged for a year six year old to review the book with some amusing results, including her opinion on W for Wings: “I didn’t like the angel. It is ugly and boring because she is just sitting on a rock.”
Let’s see what my critical, and very cute, little book reviewer thinks.
Rao, M. (2013), Damien Hirst’s Children’s Book, Reviewed By A Six-Year-Old Painter (PHOTOS). Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/04/damien-hirst-childrens-book-review_n_4039538.html?utm_hp_ref=books&ir=Books [last accessed 7 October 2013]
Marriot, H. (2013), Damien Hirst: ‘I felt the power of art from a very young age’. The Guardian. http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2013/sep/29/damien-hirst-art-abc-picture-book-children [last accessed 7October 2013]