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A clever, quirky biography of a leading contemporary artist, for children Banksy is a world-famous graffiti artist who secretly spray paints pictures on streets and walls while no one is watching! His works are often about politics, war, and other important things, but he also likes to paint rats. Rats scurry around and hide, often creating a bit of a stir, just like he doe A clever, quirky biography of a leading contemporary artist, for children Banksy is a world-famous graffiti artist who secretly spray paints pictures on streets and walls while no one is watching! His works are often about politics, war, and other important things, but he also likes to paint rats. Rats scurry around and hide, often creating a bit of a stir, just like he does! Millions of people know his work but no one really knows who Bansky is — his true identity is a secret. Fausto Gilberti brings life, intrigue, and whimsy to the mysterious story of one of the most important contemporary artists of our time. Ages 4-7


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A clever, quirky biography of a leading contemporary artist, for children Banksy is a world-famous graffiti artist who secretly spray paints pictures on streets and walls while no one is watching! His works are often about politics, war, and other important things, but he also likes to paint rats. Rats scurry around and hide, often creating a bit of a stir, just like he doe A clever, quirky biography of a leading contemporary artist, for children Banksy is a world-famous graffiti artist who secretly spray paints pictures on streets and walls while no one is watching! His works are often about politics, war, and other important things, but he also likes to paint rats. Rats scurry around and hide, often creating a bit of a stir, just like he does! Millions of people know his work but no one really knows who Bansky is — his true identity is a secret. Fausto Gilberti brings life, intrigue, and whimsy to the mysterious story of one of the most important contemporary artists of our time. Ages 4-7

30 review for Banksy Graffitied Walls and Wasn't Sorry.

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    A children's book that explores the life of Banksy. This is a creative way to hit the Banksy highlights. This kind of picture book works well for showcasing an artist's style too. I do wish the book included more actual artwork of Banksy's though. Received a review copy from Phaidon Press and Edelweiss. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned. A children's book that explores the life of Banksy. This is a creative way to hit the Banksy highlights. This kind of picture book works well for showcasing an artist's style too. I do wish the book included more actual artwork of Banksy's though. Received a review copy from Phaidon Press and Edelweiss. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Tournas

    This pseudo-autobiography pays homage to the playful, underground art of Banksy. Black and white illustrations depict the artist as a stick figure in a black hoodie, looking innocuous but at the same time like a rascal who is up to no good. The text, as playful as the artist it portrays, is written in first person, and does a great job of describing Bansky’s work over time and his view of the art world. Readers will come to respect the artistic merit of his work, even if they may giggle at his a This pseudo-autobiography pays homage to the playful, underground art of Banksy. Black and white illustrations depict the artist as a stick figure in a black hoodie, looking innocuous but at the same time like a rascal who is up to no good. The text, as playful as the artist it portrays, is written in first person, and does a great job of describing Bansky’s work over time and his view of the art world. Readers will come to respect the artistic merit of his work, even if they may giggle at his approach. A page of biographical information follows the text, as well as one photograph of a mural from 2004. I love the title of this picture book biography; apparently Gilberti has written several other biographies of modern artists, in the same style. I would have liked to see more photographs of Banksy’s work.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance

    "I'm an artist.... My art is called graffiti. I do it without permission and I'm not sorry." Banksy is the assumed name of an artist who creates amazing works of graffiti anonymously. He tells his story here, describing his way of working with spray paint and stencils in painting monkeys, soldiers, and more. "I like to make images that say something, that mean something. They can be against war, or poverty, or pollution. And a lot of the time, about how I'm fed up with politics." A fun look at a mysterious "I'm an artist.... My art is called graffiti. I do it without permission and I'm not sorry." Banksy is the assumed name of an artist who creates amazing works of graffiti anonymously. He tells his story here, describing his way of working with spray paint and stencils in painting monkeys, soldiers, and more. "I like to make images that say something, that mean something. They can be against war, or poverty, or pollution. And a lot of the time, about how I'm fed up with politics." A fun look at a mysterious artist and his work.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sandy Brehl

    It's fun to celebrate another title in the series of picture books written and illustrated by Fausto Gilberti. I featured some of the ..".AND WASN'T SORRY" titles in this series, HERE. In each case, his colorful, kid friendly picture books feature acclaimed modern artists who have explored and established very specific styles.Gilberti's books have included Jackson Polluck Splashed Paint And Wasn't Sorry, Yves Klein Painted Everything Blue and Wasn't Sorry, and Yayoi Kusama Coverd everything in D It's fun to celebrate another title in the series of picture books written and illustrated by Fausto Gilberti. I featured some of the ..".AND WASN'T SORRY" titles in this series, HERE. In each case, his colorful, kid friendly picture books feature acclaimed modern artists who have explored and established very specific styles.Gilberti's books have included Jackson Polluck Splashed Paint And Wasn't Sorry, Yves Klein Painted Everything Blue and Wasn't Sorry, and Yayoi Kusama Coverd everything in Dots and Wasn't Sorry. These artists used their distinctive styles and techniques to "make their names" in the art world, achieving ultimate goals of museum showings, individual pieces of art that are valued at unimaginable prices, and ranking among other world-renowned artists. Their works are iconic and instantly associated with the artists. Now Gilberti has produced a new title that profiles the persona and works of an equally famous yet unknown artist: BANKSY GRAFFITIED WALLS AND WASN"T SORRY. The word "graffiti" originated in the italian language, and ranges from random marks and scribbles to written messages to expressive and colorful art. The surface may be new, crumbling, mobile, or even horizontal.It may be written, chalked, sprayed, or even etched. From its past ( and current) status in which random graffiti is illegal and can be punishable by steep fines and/or jail time. So why would anyone risk that consequence? Why not use traditional materials and platforms? What's the point? In common understanding, graffiti stretches back through recorded history, and is generally viewed as either impulsivity, social defiance, or even territorial claims. It has evolved as a widely appreciated art form, with several distinctive artists gaining many of the achievements traditional artists seek through their public works. You can learn more about some of the best known in this link to short profiles. BANKSY is a universally recognized name, and has created many widely recognized and appreciated images. However, unlike nearly every other artist, Banksy actively avoids being identified. Banksy claims creative credit for much of the art they produce, but also has many imitators Gilberti adopts a first-person voice, imagining that Banksy is telling their own story. I've used they and their because no one actually knows who BANKSY is, or if that artist is male or female. Their art is produced with paint and stencils, incorporating many familiar images... especially RATS! Wherever Banksy paints, the art is intentional. The work voices messages about politics, society, justice, and the human condition. The "voice" in this black and white picture book captures the art itself and its disruptive, entertaining, unexpected content and impact. Banksy's installations and "graffiti" hope to achieve that effect. At times they have worn disguises to enter museums and quietly display a piece of art, with days passing before someone noticed that it didn't belong. Even when Banksy participated in an actual museum show, the pieces had to be "found" by patrons, since it had been dispersed among the regular museum artworks. Banksy's work makes art accessible and meaningful to everyday people, and the artist does NOT want to earn large sums for their work. Bansky produced and offered one small piece to be included in an auction. When an enormous bid on the piece was accepted, a alarm blared and a built-in shredder destroyed the art. Whether all of that sounds odd or unacceptable or fun or exciting to you, I suspect Banksy would be pleased. And I have no doubt you'll enjoy this picture book, and sharing it with young readers.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Banksy is a most unusual artist, their medium is graffiti, and we don't know for sure who they are! They paint art about war, pollution, poverty, and rats. They even painted on cows and sheep. Their art is funny and dark; Banksy is also a prankster, making their own art installation in a famous museum. Because Banksy is so unpredictable and their art is so current, it makes the news and people talk about it. I love this series! Banksy is represented as a hooded figure with a spray paint can. Mos Banksy is a most unusual artist, their medium is graffiti, and we don't know for sure who they are! They paint art about war, pollution, poverty, and rats. They even painted on cows and sheep. Their art is funny and dark; Banksy is also a prankster, making their own art installation in a famous museum. Because Banksy is so unpredictable and their art is so current, it makes the news and people talk about it. I love this series! Banksy is represented as a hooded figure with a spray paint can. Mostly black and white illustrations (with the occasional splash of red) capture the story perfectly A little bit wordy for a small picture book, but when I read it with my grand daughter, she was engaged and ask questions about Banksy, like had I ever seen any of their art (Yes, in Park City, Utah) and does Banksy only paint in black and white? Cross posted to http://kissthebookjr.blogspot.com

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Arriola

    It was fun to learn about this favorite artist!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Marcela

    Great art book for kids and adults, I enjoyed a lot. An inspiring story about Banksy, one of the most controversial contemporary artists in the world.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I felt that the style and playful nature of the book was a great backdrop for introducing the work of this artist.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Angie

  11. 4 out of 5

    G D'ANNA

  12. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa Vallejos

  13. 5 out of 5

    LAM

  14. 4 out of 5

    Katie

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alexx Conrad

  16. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Howard

  17. 5 out of 5

    Wil Wade

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

  19. 4 out of 5

    Hailey Liechty

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Wright Oelkers

  21. 5 out of 5

    Hailey

  22. 4 out of 5

    Karen

  23. 5 out of 5

    Emma Migliaccio

  24. 4 out of 5

    Angela

  25. 4 out of 5

    Maureen

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ann

  27. 5 out of 5

    Andi_banandi

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ms Threlkeld

  29. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa

  30. 4 out of 5

    Brian Hart

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