Synopses & Reviews
An inspiration to anyone who's ever felt judged!
"One day the world is a peaceful, lovely landscape painting... The next day - BLAM! - Pablo bursts through the canvas, paintbrush in hand, ready to paint something fresh and new."
Pablo Picasso may have been one of the most famous artists of the 20th century, but that doesn't mean he painted what people wanted him to paint! In fact, some people hated his paintings, and called them "ugly!" and "terrible!" -- something many kids can relate to. But Picasso didn't listen to all those people, and kept on working the way he wanted to work, until he created something so new, so different... that people didn't know what to say!
For every young artist who's drawn something other kids think is "ugly," this story of rebellion and creativity is sure to inspire.
"Winter (Barack) resists the 'good for you' air of some picture-book biographies in this dynamic reimagining of Picasso's rocket trip to the top of the 20th-century art world, while Hawkes (The Wicked Big Toddlah Goes to New York) is energized rather than intimidated by the challenge of painting the great painter. Hawkes shows the mercurial artist burning through art school ('In the time it takes them to do a sketch, Picasso has completed a large oil painting'), charming the Parisian gallery scene ('C'est magnifique! Paint about two hundred more paintings just like that!'), then enraging the French critical establishment with 'Les Demoiselles d'Avignon,' a painting that mimics the African masks Picasso has fallen in love with. (Hawkes's top-hatted critics look suspiciously Cubist.) Will Picasso accede to the critics' demands? 'He doesn't want to, he doesn't have to, and he's not going to! Hah!' By dramatizing Picasso's development rather than merely recounting it, Winter keeps readers fascinated, and by making Picasso a superhero he bursts right through the canvas of a serene landscape on the second page he dispels any notion of art as tired or irrelevant. Ages 4 8. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Jonah Winter has written many exciting picture book biographies for children, with subjects that include Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Barack Obama, and Dizzy Gillespie. He lives in Pittsburgh, PA.
Kevin Hawkes is the illustrator of over 40 books for children, including WESLANDIA and LIBRARY LION, a New York Times bestseller. He lives in southern Maine with his wife and children.