My favorite instructional storybook at the moment is a story that uses fictional characters to explain Dadaism. This is a difficult concept even for grownups to grasp, given that Dada art is more accurately described as non-art. But in Mimi’s Dada Catifesto, Shelley Jackson explains it with humor and creativity from the perspectives of a Dadaist cat: random noises are a “sound poem” or a cat’s hairball is art. Plus, there are pages that allow you to create poems or exhibitions in the book.
Born 1896, Moinesti, Romania. Died December 1963, Paris, France. Tristan Tzara (Samuel Rosenstock/Rosenstein) Romanian-born French poet and essayist known mainly as a founder of Dada, a nihilistic revolutionary movement in the arts.