MIMI’S DADA CATIFESTO by Shelley Jackson
Kirkus Star

MIMI’S DADA CATIFESTO

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 7 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

This engaging picture book delivers a pleasurable story, dazzling artwork and a fascinating introduction to Dadaism. “For a cat with the soul of an artist, only an artist will do,” states Mimi the cat. She meets her match when she smells an “achingly familiar…above all…yummy” smell that leads her to a Dadaist artist (he has a fish balanced on his head) who declares, “Only art that doesn’t look like art is art.” Determined to woo him (successfully, in the end), Mimi performs a caterwauling “sound poem,” exhibits her gallery of art (a hairball, a dead bug, etc.) in front of his house, makes poems of words ripped from his diary and yarn pulled from his unraveled sweater and ultimately balances a fish on her own head. Mixed-media art bristles with the energy and dynamic compositional flair found in Jackson’s illustrations for Janice Harrington’s The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County (2007), and her appropriately (but only apparently) nonsensical design will have readers flipping back and forth and turning the book around as they experience the story. Outstanding backmatter provides background on Dada. Completely spectacular. (Picture book. 7 & up)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-547-12681-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Clarion
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2010




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