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When Pigasso Met Mootisse Hardcover – Oct 1 1998
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From Publishers Weekly
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.
From School Library Journal
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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Top Customer Reviews
I highly recommend this book to library shelves everywhere and to every pair of hands, small and large, young and old! Truly outstanding!
This bright and colorful children's book is visually charming and loaded with verbal and visual puns.
We have paired it with Picasso and Mattisse for kids.(Great art board books for little guys.)
Most recent customer reviews
Awesome tool to help children create a beautiful piece of art in the bold, beautiful colours of Matisse with the abstract sensibility of Picasso.Published 12 months ago by karen geller
This is a must have book for teachers. I fantastic book. beautiful illustrations and the students love it. I would highly recommend this book to everyone.Published on Nov. 10 2012 by Christina
My daughter got this book as a birthday gift Saturday, and both she and I have read it numberous times since then. Read morePublished on Sept. 23 2002
This book I first picked up at the library and I love it! I got because I am an art lover. It is absoloutly a favorite of mine and the fiction - non-fiction book I think will bring... Read morePublished on April 6 2002
Laden's book not only provides an amusing parody based on an historical event but also impresses the importance of being secure enough with who we are to value the gifts of others. Read morePublished on Feb. 26 2001
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