— Presenting There Are No Animals in This Book! (ONLY FEELINGS)
A children's book that uses artworks by contemporary art superstars
to teach children about feelings and emotions


  There Are No Animals in This Book! (ONLY FEELINGS)     “Helping children do the important work of learning to name their feelings, while distracted by awe-inspiring visuals.”    
This ground-breaking project teaches children about empathy and feelings using the bold, emotionally rich artworks of 13 of today's most acclaimed contemporary art superstars, including:

  • Jeff Koons
  • Damien Hirst
  • Takashi Murakami
  • Yoshitomo Nara

See all the artists below.

About the Book

When the narrator of this book sets out to teach children about feelings, she has only one slightly persnickety, stick-in-the-mud rule: There Are NO Animals In This Book! So when a cow defiantly shows up, pandemonium breaks loose! And everyone learns a lot about feelings.

Meant for Sharing

The book is designed to be shared with your child as you together explore the world of feelings.

— Beata Bliss Lewis, M.D.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, NYU

Inventive and fun!”

— Rupert Everett
Actor and Art Collector

“I can't think of a better idea. Done in a manner which is both fun and instructive.”
— James Stourton
Former Chairman of Sotheby's UK Author, Great Collectors of Our Time
“A beautiful book to make feelings come alive. Kids will love it and so will parents.”
— Julie Appel
Author, Touch the Art Series


Meet the Artist Contributors
— 13 Superstars of the Contemporary Art World —

Alex Katz is known for his forward-facing, extremely intimate, almost confrontational portraits of people and animals. Hint hint: Mooo! Yin Jun paints exaggerated portraits of extremely expressive children whose flying tears and dripping noses all express one, single emotion: childhood sadness. One of the art world’s superstars, Takashi Murakami plays with his native Japanese culture’s obsession with kawaii or “cuteness,” which looks like cartoonish sweetness in his work.
Van Empel
Judy Fox, our prized female artist in the “NO Animals!” roundup, references ancient mythologies and time-worn fairytales in her lifelike sculptures of women and children. Donald Baechler often works with childhood memory and elementary school themes such as vintage children’s books, animals, and naive portraits. Ruud van Empel uses Photoshop the way a painter uses paint. He photographs every element of his portraits (a child’s face, a child’s toy) separately, and then fuses these ‘pieces’ together to create one seamless, fascinating photograph.

Liu Ye’s artworks make reference to childhood story characters like Snow White, Pinocchio, and even his favorite childhood author, Hans Christian Anderson. Yoshitomo Nara is known for channelling the complexity of childhood emotions. He portrays children’s sweet and adorable exteriors, as well as their sometimes angry, distant, or frustrated inner lives. Tom Friedman creates intensely personal sculptural work that utilizes everyday classroom materials like construction paper, glue and soap. Even in the midst of the catharsis of his process, his art typically expresses wit and wry humor.
Tom Sachs is a sculptor and installation artist who portrays familiar contemporary icons and environments such as Hello Kitty, McDonald’s, and the USS Enterprise. Jeff Koons, one of the most celebrated of all living contemporary artists, takes inspiration from banal and kitschy objects, typically associated with “low” art, but then uses superior craftsmanship and artistic sensibilities to create works of “high” art. Damien Hirst is the bad boy of the art world superstars. He’s riled audiences with his famous “Spot” paintings, his bisected tank animals, his diamond-covered multi-million dollar human skulls, and his butterfly portraits which utilize thousands of dead, immaculately preserved butterflies.
June Paik

Written by Chani Sanchez, peaceful parenting expert, art curator and founder of the Museum of Amazing Art.
Published by powerHouse Books.

Considered by many to be the father of video art, Nam June Paik pioneered the use of televisions in his sculptural and installation art, showing his audiences not only what art could be, but what our world would become.    
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