Gaudi: Architect of Imagination

NorthSouth. Jun. 2022. 40p. Tr $18.95. ISBN 9780735844872.
K-Gr 4–A stunning introduction to the life of innovative architect Antoni Gaudi. Gaudi’s early life finds him surrounded by a long lineage of metalsmiths. Details include that young Gaudi had difficulty walking and sitting for long periods of time, so while the other children went to school, he took long strolls on a donkey through nature. It was on these walks that he noticed that curved lines were dominant, not the straight lines of his family’s work with metals. Katz details with care the other noteworthy aspects behind Gaudi’s changing the face of art and architecture in Barcelona. End notes expand on Gaudi’s work ethic and collaborative nature. Beautifully colored pages are filled with curves and geometric shapes that guide readers through the decades of Gaudi’s life. The pictures flow one to the other just like Gaudi’s creations curve and sparkle. Close attention reveals charming details and additional information.
VERDICT This literary biography is at home in the art, architecture, or biography sections of any library. It will surely pique interest in this genius and inspire visits to Gaudi’s creations, if only online.

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