The conceit behind Artemous is quite simply and lovely, and not just because it is geared to get young children to look at art more closely. The Artemous lives in a museum and can magically enter paintings to restore them. He also can, for instance, dance with Degas’ ballerinas.
The children’s book is lavishly illustrated, including various works of art that are listed in the back of the book, including the title, artist, and year. The captions also encourage the reader to look closely at the painting, to study it not just in the book, but also if the child is brought to an art museum.
It’s a lovely book, more about observation than actual story, but still wonderfully adorable.