Seen Art?

by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith

Repeated misunderstandings send a quirky little guy through the Museum of Modern... read more

Repeated misunderstandings send a quirky little guy through the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City in search of his friend named Art. “Have you seen Art?” he asks a woman on the corner of Fifty-Third and Fifth, where he was supposed to meet his friend. “You can’t miss it,” she replies, pointing down the block to the museum. Figuring Art must be inside, he enters, making his way through one gallery after another. There’s a lot of art, and a lot of people eager to comment on the art, but no one knows where Art is. “Look at that red! Look at that box of crayons inviting us in,” a man standing in front of Matisse’s The Red Studio exclaims. “I see that. No kidding. That is a lot of red. But . . . is ART here?” Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith offer a lighthearted yet informative look at the world of contemporary art in a picture book that features reproductions of more than 50 MOMA paintings and sculptures. (Ages 8–12)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2006

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