Mimi’s Dada Catifesto by Shelley Jackson

The story of Mimi’s Dada Catifesto follows a cat’s attempts to woo an artist into taking him home, while also introducing Dada art. The book has a few memorable lines like “Only art that does not look like art is art.” And a rant by the artist to a man dressed as a lobster saying, “…Dada is like a hiccup: it doesn’t hurt, but it makes you look silly, and if you try to make it go away, you look even sillier.” It’s a fun book that is not by any means trying to explain the history of art to you, but actually gives you a clearer view of it than many art history books for kids. Mimi’s Dada Catifesto is written and illustrated by Shelley Jackson.

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