|Just being Dali : the story of artist Salvador Dali|
Author: Guglielmo, Amy
Salvador Dali struggles to follow the rules and fit in with his peers, until one day he realizes that artists can be and do anything they like. This realization gives him the freedom to truly be himself.
Kirkus Reviews (12/01/20)
School Library Journal (02/01/21)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/02/21)
The Hornbook (00/05/21)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 02/01/2021 Gr 4–6—This literary nonfiction picture book spotlights the major events in Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dalí's life, from his childhood to his eventual fame. The colorful illustrations are playful and detailed. In addition to the illustrations, another strength of the text is the reinforcement of the idea that it's okay to be different. The phrase Dalí was just "being himself" is repeated for effect. This title could be applied to lessons focusing on social emotional learning because of its positive messaging. It could also be used in art classes or ELA lessons focusing on the biography genre. A few key tenets of surrealism and representations of some of Dalí's most important paintings are included. Back matter provides a selected bibliography, an author's note, source notes, and details about the featured works of art. VERDICT Recommended as an engaging and imaginative addition to biography collections, and for lessons centering on social emotional learning.—Christina Salazar, Mesquite I.S.D., TX - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.