Since the release of the newest line of Barbie dolls — tall, petite, and curvy — many critics and customers have been trying to figure out if the variations are a step in the right direction for the children's toy — let's not even get started on Ken. But what about dolls that are fun to play with and teach children a little about history and the arts?

Introducing Literary Paper Dolls and Art History Paper Dolls, which come from the mind of illustrator Kyle Hilton. Boasting 16 of literature's best and 16 masters of art, playtime for children (and adults, really) can now include the company of the likes of Vincent van Gogh, Leonardo da Vinci, Jackson Pollock, Jane Austen, Ernest Hemingway, and Virginia Woolf. Each book comes with unique accoutrements for each author and artist — Salvador Dalí's ocelot is instantly lovable and Pollock's brooding artist action is to die for, although you might want to ease in the alcoholism — and an assortment of trivia tidbits.

We even get a few special guest appearances from the likes of George W. Bush and "modern-day renaissance man" James Franco.

(H/T Mental_Floss)

All images via Kyle Hilton Illustration's Tumblr