Sunday, January 28, 2007

Seen Art? by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith

  • Reading level: Ages 4-8
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0670059862
  • ASIN: B000HT2PKM
  • List Price: $16.99
  • I finished this book on Jan. 26
So yeah, this is a kid's book, but I really thought it was cute. It's a little kid who is looking for is friend Art and people send him to the Museum of Modern Art. Everyone he asks shows him different types of art. The book is long (horizontally) and skinny and the pages look like hallways in the art museum.
The little boy and the hallways are drawn but there are actual famous artworks along the hallways. Our hero passes by Starry Night, Warhol's Marilyn Monroe, and that creepy dada fuzzy saucer job. (Those of you who took art history know what I'm talking about, and it gives me the major creepies)
At the end of the book there is a little list of all the artwork included in the book and a credit for each of them.
Scieszka has made approximately a million kids books and most of them are illustrated by Smith. Scieszka's book series the Time Warp Trio is even a Saturday morning cartoon. I really dig all his stuff and those of you interested should check out their website, here.
The moral of this story: cute and worth your time. This would also be a nice gift for art nerds.


Carl V. said...

Scieska and Smith do some wonderful work together. I love the Time Warp Trio books, have you seen those? Both the art and writing in their books are so fun and creative. I hadn't heard of this one but will be on the lookout for it in the bookstore.

bee said...

Yep, I've read a few of the time warp trio books, didja know it's a Saturday morning cartoon?