Filippo (Pippo) Brunelleschi, a talented jeweler, seems to be wasting his time designing gadgets and sketching outlandish buildings. In Tracey Fern’s fictionalized history, Pippo The Fool (Charlesbridge, $15.95) wants to win the competition to design the dome for the cathedral in Florence and thus disprove his nickname. His solution is elegant and clever. Pau Estrada’s beautiful panoramas and detailed interior and exterior illustrations of glorious Florence introduce readers to Renaissance art history and architecture. Your family will want to hop the next plane. Ages 5-8.
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