Author: Maltbie, P.I.
Brand: Brand: Charlesbridge Publishing
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Number Of Pages: 32
Release Date: 01-02-2005
Details: Product description Distraught over the death of a friend, young Pablo Picasso spends his days creating sad, blue paintings that no one buys. Soon the starving artist is forced to put his cat, Minou, out on the streets. By chance Minou meets a troupe of circus performers who just might have the cure for Pablo's blues. From School Library Journal Kindergarten-Grade 3–Minou was the name of Pablo Picasso's cat. An author's note and photograph help to confirm this detail, while spelling out the fictional and factual elements of this slice-of-life story from the artist's Blue and Rose Periods. The feline has finicky taste; he does not care for the somber, gaunt figures and the suffering conveyed in the artist's monochromatic palette during the early 20th century. When the paintings do not sell, the artist is forced to turn his companion loose to find his own food. The animal's quest leads to dinner and friends in the form of carnival performers, a device used by Maltbie to explain Picasso's new subject material and to segue into a fresh color scheme. The gouache, pencil, and watercolor scenes are skillful renderings of the young painter, a variety of canvases, and the characters and settings that inspired his work. Estrada's blue/gray filter on Picasso's Paris is evident without becoming oppressive. The harlequins and gymnasts are a welcome burst of climactic color until the denouement when Minou has another change to confront: Cubism. This effective introduction offers a historically accurate explanation regarding the Blue Period as well as an engaging story. Age-appropriate background on Picasso's life and artistic choices may be found in Kate Scarborough's well-illustrated Pablo Picasso (Watts, 2002). –Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. From Booklist PreS-Gr. 2. Minou, a robust Siamese cat, lives with young Pablo Picasso in a tiny Montmartre studio. He's not fond of Picasso's latest work--the bleak, sorrowful paintings from the Blue Period that won't sell. When the money runs out, Picasso sends Minou into the streets to find his own food, and the resourceful cat trots home with sausages donated by a boisterous crowd of circus performers. A delighted Picasso follows Minou back to the circus, where the artist is inspired to paint a series of joyous, rosy paintings, which are a huge success. Picasso sees sadness everywhere, and the artist's struggle to survive is real. But Maltbie balances the gloom with a sweet friendship story that ends successfully, while Estrada's detailed pencil, watercolor, and gouache illustrations beautifully capture the Montmartre scene, the expressive cat and artist, and Picasso's work, arranged around the gloriously cluttered studio. An author's note, which reveals the factual elements in the story, is accompanied by a small photograph of Picasso with the real Minou. A lovely introduction to Picasso's work and to an artist's life. Gillian Engberg Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved About the Author P.I. Maltbie writes biographical stories and articles focusing on issues related to disabilities. She is the author of PICASSO AND MINOU and BAMBINO AND MR TWAIN. She lives in Long Beach, California.
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