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Seen Art? begins very innocently. The wonderfully unexpected journey all started "...when I told my friend Art that I would meet him on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 53rd Street. I didn't see him so I asked a lady walking up the avenue, 'Have you seen Art?" The lady responded, "MoMA? Just down Fifty-Third Street here. In a beautiful new building. You can't miss it".
At that moment, looking for a friend has never been such an eye-opening experience. As the friend searches for 'Art', the reader is introduced to well-known pieces of art such as Van Gogh's The Starry Night, Matisse's The Red Studio, as well as works by Picasso, Klee, Lichtenstein and others.
Seen Art? combines comical text and playful illustrations alongside full-color reproductions of the artwork. Authors/illustrators Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith (see About the Authors below) give readers the perfect companion for a visit to MoMA, and an introduction to some of the world's best works of modern art.
Just what is art? People have been trying to figure this out for centuries. Seen Art? introduces the eternal question to children as our innocent hero just wants to find his friend Art, but everyone keeps showing him a new room in the museum. A great find for all ages!
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Jon Scieszka is an American author of children's literature. He is also a nationally recognized reading advocate, and the founder of Guys Read – a web-based literacy program for boys whose mission is "to help boys become self-motivated, lifelong readers." In 2008, Scieszka was named the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature by the Librarian of Congress.
Lane Smith is the author and/or illustrator of several award-winning books for children. A two-time winner of the Caldecott Honor for Grandpa Green (2012) and The Stinky Cheese Man, Smith has had four of his books win the prestigious New York Times Best Illustrated Book Award (1993).