Thursday, 19 April 2018

"The Colours of History: How Colours Shaped the World" by Clive Gifford and Marc Peintre (QED Publishing) @QuartoKids

Here's a stunning book full of amazing facts, tons of colour and of course a whopping great big dose of history. We LOVE it!
"The Colours of History" by Clive Gifford and Marc Peintre is just our sort of book.

It starts with interesting questions like "Why did Roman emperors wear purple?" or  "Which colour is made from crushed beetles?" or even "What green pigment might be used to build super-fast computers of the future?"

If those questions have tantalised you then dive in and find out the answers to these and many more posed in this glorious exploration of the stories behind different colours, and the roles they've played throughout history. 

From black to white, and all the colours in between, every shade has a story to tell. 

Each colour group is introduced with a stunning and interpretive double-page spread illustration, followed by illustrated entries exploring the ‘colourful’ history of particular shades. 

Ancient cave dwellers loved to paint by the dim light of their makeshift fires.
With vivid, thought-provoking illustrations and engaging bite-sized text, this book is a feast for the eyes and the mind, ready to enthral budding artists and historians alike. We loved the approach of mixing together two of our favourite subjects - History and Art - in such a cool pictorial and engaging way. It's a totally absorbing read and looks brilliant too!

Inca gold! As featured on a recent #PortraitChallenge on Twitter, no less!
"The Colours of History" by Clive Gifford and Marc Peintre is out now, published by QED Publishing (kindly supplied for review).