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When Pigasso Met Mootisse [Hardcover]

Nina Laden
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Book Description

Oct. 1 1998
When Pigasso met Mootisse, what begins as a neighborly overture escalates into a mess. Before you can say paint-by-numbers, the two artists become fierce rivals, calling each other names and ultimately building a fence between them. But when the two painters paint opposite sides of the fence that divides them, they unknowingly create a modern art masterpiece, and learn it is their friendship that is the true work of art.
Nina Laden's wacky illustrations complement this funny story that non only introduces children to two of the world's most extraordinary modern artists, but teaches a very important lesson‐how to creatively resolve a conflictin a most unusual way.

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Verbal and visual puns fill Laden's (The Night I Followed the Dog) sly homage to Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, who are keenly caricatured as a prima-donna pig and a feisty bull. Pigasso is a dark-eyed hog in a red beret; his facial features rearrange according to his mood, and bruisy hues of blue and purple shadow his yellow-pink complexion. His painting of female pigs?a crafty version of Les Demoiselles d'Avignon?causes an art-world sensation. A canvas by Mootisse, a sophisticated orange bull with a neat brown beard and red-framed spectacles, featuring five graceful, nude cows?The Dance with udders?is hailed as a "Moosterpiece." After urban success, Pigasso and Mootisse move into country homes on either side of an ochre-dirt road. Pigasso's landscape features a tart-yellow house, angular shrubbery and a sharp-edged apple tree bearing cut-open fruit. Mootisse's farm offers a curvy tree, a patchwork garden of cutout leaf-shapes, and a construction-paper-smooth lawn that complements the red house. The artists at first share baguettes and bottles of wine, and make gifts of their paintings, but their friendship erodes as they snipe at each other's styles. Laden lightly satirizes the duo as "pig-headed and bull-headed," respectively, then lets them admit grudging admiration. She cites cubist and fauvist philosophies (Pigasso calls his rival a "wild beast"), and she mimics the real painters' techniques, so that Pigasso favors hard black outlines and Mootisse prefers brilliant side-by-side shades. While junior art historians familiar with the artists' work will laugh loudest, an afterword offers novices the background for this well-observed comedy. Ages 4-10.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Grade 2-4-In this delightful tale of modern artists, a porky Pigasso and a bullish Mootisse start out as neighbors but end up feuding when they start criticizing one another's work. Now rivals, they transform their farms into bold works of art and then build a fence between the properties. However, the painters find that they miss one another's company and they each paint an apology on the fence-paintings that wow the critics and make the two fast friends. Based loosely on the real-life relationship between Picasso and Matisse, Laden's tale is a wonderful tribute to these exceptional talents and to the concept of accepting the ideas of others. The story is fast paced, packed with humor, and filled with clever wordplay. The bold acrylic paintings perfectly capture the duo's volatile temperaments and different artistic styles; they are fun to look at and reinforce the lighthearted mood of the text. Bound to entice its audience to learn more about these painters, this title is a sure bet for any children's collection. Use it in conjunction with Kathleen Krull's Lives of the Artists (Harcourt, 1995) or appropriate entries in Ernest Raboff's "Art for Children" series (Doubleday).
Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Ingeniously witty! June 30 2000
This picture book is a "moosterpiece" in itself, or a "pork of art!":) The playful illustrations in their bright contrasting colors and shapes have great kid appeal. It is a terrific selection to share with children as it highlights the life-long rules of respecting one another's differences and honoring companionship. It is a sure win with adults who also could benefit from a reminder of those rules and who will be chuckling aloud in between the clever puns. In addition art lovers of all ages will have so much fun discovering all of the silly representations of a few 20th century painters' greatest works. Laden really did an outstanding job capturing the contrasting styles of Picasso and Matisse. All of her little details really enhance the beauty of the book -- especially cute are the fly pages inside the cover with their collection of facial expressions of both painters.
I highly recommend this book to library shelves everywhere and to every pair of hands, small and large, young and old! Truly outstanding!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A "Moosterpiece" March 16 2001
When Pigasso Met Mootisse is a wonderful parody detailing the rivalry, feuding and eventual friendship of artists Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. Nina Laden's creative and witty text, full of wordplay and puns, will have adults and children alike, laughing out loud and also offers the subtle lesson of acceptance and respect for others and their work. But, it's her bold, bright, busy and humorous illustrations that will mesmerize youngsters and older art lovers will enjoy finding the "pig" and "bull" representations of Picasso's and Matisse's best known works. The biographical afterword, discussing their lives, painting and relationship, will enhance the story and give children a better understanding of these two great artists. This is a marvelous, vivid picture book, perfect for kids 4-8; a hilarious story for the ears and a visual feast for the eyes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great illustrations, great story Sept. 24 2000
"When Pigasso Met Mootisse" is a fun children's book that plays on the interesting relationship of Picasso and Matisse. Nina Laden depicts them as hilarious charactertures of a pig with cubist leanings and a bull who paints like "a wild beast". They escape the hectic art world and become neighbors, but end up feuding when they start criticizing one another's work. They eventually...I can't give away the whole story here.
This bright and colorful children's book is visually charming and loaded with verbal and visual puns.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fun and enjoyable book Feb. 20 2003
By Shishi
We have shared art and artists with our son ,who just turned three, since he was an infant. He knew a Picasso from a Monet by 26 months. He just got this book for his birthday and he loves it. I love it to as well as the mini bios in the back of the book.
We have paired it with Picasso and Mattisse for kids.(Great art board books for little guys.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A "Moost" Have Book for Enthusiastic Readers July 17 2002
My daughters checked this book and Nina Laden's "The Night I Followed the Dog" out of our local library several times. I finally went and bought both books. Nina is an incredibly talented artist and writer - and my children (age 8 and 6) never grow tired of reading her books or enjoying her colorful pictures. I recommend them to every mom I know!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Delight! May 4 2000
By A Customer
This book is a joy to read for parents and kids! The illustrations are vibrant and meaningful - the story is full of smiles. It provides many great opportunities for discussion and the real life tidbits at the end provide a historical foundation for kids build from - GREAT BOOK! Love it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Family Favorite Dec 13 2003
By A Customer
I have been reading this to my children now 6, 5, and 3, since it's release in '98. It is still a frequent request. It, also, has sparked a deep interest in all my children for art. We have been to several art museums, and they all always try to find the 'Pigasso' or 'Mootise' paintings.
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