Seen Art?

by Jon Scieszka
Illustrator Lane Smith

Penguin Young Readers Group | May 5, 2005 | Hardcover

Seen Art? is rated 5 out of 5 by 2.
It all started when I told my friend Art I would meet him on the corner of Fifth and Fifty-Third.
I didn't see him. So I asked a lady walking up the avenue, "Have you seen Art?"
"MoMA?" asked the lady.
"Uh . . . no, he's just a friend."
"Just down Fifty-Third Street here. In a beautiful new building. You can't miss it."

When this address turns out to be the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, confusion and hilarity ensue. As the narrator continues looking for Art inside MoMA, he 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.
In a dynamic collaboration that features comical text and playful illustrations alongside full-color reproductions of the artwork, Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith give readers the perfect companion for a visit to MoMA, and an introduction to some of the world's best works of modern art.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 48 pages, 5.81 × 11.44 × 0.41 in

Published: May 5, 2005

Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0670059862

ISBN - 13: 9780670059867

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Rated out of 5 by from IndigoKids Recommends: Experts' Favourites A whimsical introduction to mondern art, this book is fun for both children and adults. We follow a young boy on his tour of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City, as he searches for Art. Photographs of famous art pieces show the reader that art can take many differnt forms, and appreciation varies from person to person.
Date published: 2006-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for beginners Any child who has not seen the beauty of great art should be exposed to this book. I agree totally with the last reviewer who said that it is an essential addition to any classroom. Although this book is not as clever as some of Scienszka's other books, it is a reference for kids remember, so don't expect his funny, infectious style. It is about a boy who is searching for his friend "Art" and stumbles in the MOMA (NY). He asks everyone "have you seen Art?" and they all show him art in the museum. Again, there is not much in terms of plot, but think of this as a field trip for your students in a book.
Date published: 2006-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for the classroom! I really enjoy Jon Scieszka as an author (even if I don't know how to properly pronounce his last name). This book would be great as a classroom read aloud, especially when used as a hook or intro for art. The illustrations are very cute and they provide the names of the art works displayed in the story. There are so many classroom applications with this book. I would definitely recommend this book!
Date published: 2006-07-27

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Seen Art?

by Jon Scieszka
Illustrator Lane Smith

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 48 pages, 5.81 × 11.44 × 0.41 in

Published: May 5, 2005

Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0670059862

ISBN - 13: 9780670059867

About the Book

Encouraging young readers to become acquainted with some of the world's best works of modern art, this dynamic collaboration features comical text and playful illustrations along with full-color reproductions of artwork housed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Full color.

From the Publisher

It all started when I told my friend Art I would meet him on the corner of Fifth and Fifty-Third.
I didn't see him. So I asked a lady walking up the avenue, "Have you seen Art?"
"MoMA?" asked the lady.
"Uh . . . no, he's just a friend."
"Just down Fifty-Third Street here. In a beautiful new building. You can't miss it."

When this address turns out to be the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, confusion and hilarity ensue. As the narrator continues looking for Art inside MoMA, he 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.
In a dynamic collaboration that features comical text and playful illustrations alongside full-color reproductions of the artwork, Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith give readers the perfect companion for a visit to MoMA, and an introduction to some of the world's best works of modern art.

About the Author

Multiple award-winning author Jon Scieszka grew up in Flint, Michigan, the second oldest and the nicest of six boys. Jon went to school at Culver Military Academy in Indiana where he was a Lieutenant; Albion College in Michigan where he studied to be a doctor; and Columbia University in New York, where he received an M.F.A. in fiction. He taught elementary school in New York for ten years in a variety of positions. He is the author of many books for children including the New York Times Best Illustrated Book The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales (illustrated by Lane Smith), the Caldecott Honor book The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (illustrated by Lane Smith), and Math Curse (illustrated by Lane Smith).  In addition to his work as an author, Jon also runs a web-based literacy program called “Guys Read” that is designed to encourage boys, particularly reluctant readers, to get involved with books. In 2008, Jon was named the country’s first National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, a joint effort of the Library of Congress and the Children’s Book Council. During his two-year role as Ambassador, he acted as a spokesperson for children’s literature, speaking to groups of parents, teachers, and children to encourage the importance of reading. You can visit Jon online at www.jsworldwide.com.