Luna Loves Art by Joseph Coelho – Book Review

Luna Loves Art by Joseph Coelho – Book Review

Luna love Art by Joseph Coelho

Luna Loves Art

Author – Joseph Coelho
Illustrator – Fiona Lumbers
Publisher – Andersen Press
Pages – 32
Released – 1st April 2021
Format – paperback, hardcover
Rating – 4 Stars
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Synopsis

At the gallery, Luna is transfixed by the famous art, but her classmate Finn doesn’t seem to want to be there at all. Finn’s family doesn’t look like the one in Henry Moore’s ‘Family Group’ sculpture, but then neither does Luna’s. Maybe all Finn needs is a friend.

Join Luna and Finn at the Art Gallery and step inside famous works of art by Van Gogh, Damien Hirst, Henri Matisse, Andy Warhol and many more! Can you spot all the art?

Created by award-winning poet Joseph Coelho, this book follows Luna Loves Library Day as an introduction to different types of family.

Review by Stacey

Luna Loves Art is a young children’s picture book about a little girl called Luna who visiting an art gallery on a school trip. The class sees a lot of exhibitions, some they can only look at, others they can touch.

Luna is enjoying her day until a little boy called Finn screws up a drawing she has just done. Her mum, one of the class helpers, speaks to her about perhaps Finn is lonely and needs a friend and that is why he is acting out.

I have mixed feelings about this book, I can’t deny that it is a lovely children’s picture book that is adorned with superb illustrations, especially those showcasing the artwork of other artists at the gallery. However, I think that had it been a book about a class enjoying the art and learning about artists, different periods, and types of art then it would have worked perfectly. Unfortunately, the author then added in a story of a little boy who looked lost throughout, was on his own, came across as unfriendly, and was then mean to Luna.

It then came across that the story was about Finn’s issues which are suddenly resolved, a tad unrealistic, in my experience children who behave this way take time to trust others and let them become friends, not just a quick talking to and then he is suddenly happy and friendly with the other children.

Like I said it is a lovely book I just would have liked to have seen Finn’s issues taken more seriously and dealt with properly but in such a short book I understand this is hard to do.

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Author Info

Joseph Coelho Luna Loves Art

Joseph Coelho is an award-winning children’s author, performance poet and playwright based in London. His debut poetry collection, Werewolf Club Rules, was the 2015 winner of the CLPE CLiPPA Poetry Award. His second book, Overheard in a Tower Block, was shortlisted for the 2018 CLPE CLiPPA Poetry Award and is longlisted for the 2019 UKLA Book Awards. Joseph features in the BBC Teach ‘Understanding Poetry’ online series.

His work has poetry and performance at its heart, drawing on over 16 years’ experience running dynamic creative literacy sessions in schools. He aims to inspire young people through stories and characters they can recognise

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