Can Grandma be art? That’s one boy’s question after he explores New York City’s MET. But since the museum doesn’t accept live grandmas, even exceptional ones, the boy makes his own exhibition, an enthusiastic homage to a woman he admires.
Grandma in Blue with Red Hat is a one-of-a-kind book. (So, is it art?) Either way, it’s a hilarious read, filled with subtle jokes that promote a love for the arts. And by introducing kids to the creative process, this book brings highbrow art to a level kids can enjoy.
Together, Menchin and Bliss create more than just an educational parade through the MET. Bliss is cartoonist royalty, having contributed nineteen covers for The New Yorker. His illustrations include a cartoonist’s take on iconic masterpieces from Van Gogh, Pollock and Picasso. And the book also features artwork from other cultures (a Nok statue, a Japanese ink-wash).
The book is filled with absurdist humor and visual puns. AARP Comics? Giant underwear as art? Marcel Duchamp called, and he wants his toilet back. The pair’s fantastic, slapstick humor gives kids the chance to come up with their own colorful ideas.