Reviewed for Fifth Grade, 2008

Art Shark

Have you ever wanted to be an art dealer or museum cat burglar? In Art Shark, an engaging and beautifully illustrated “boardless” board game, you can do both! Play the game by establishing unique museums, then buying and selling art with an unlimited amount of money (if only!). In addition to riding the art market, each player also has the opportunity to “steal” pieces of art from other players. Not only is this a fun family game, it will also get your child acquainted with over 60 masterpieces, and provides a fantastic opportunity to discuss classic works of art with your child. And once you sort out the rules for auctioning, hiding, and stealing works of art, kids will definitely stay engaged until the last canvas is hung.  (Birdcage Press, $24.95)