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Summary: Pigasso had become so popular in the Pig Provinces, he decided to move to the country. At the same time, fame was udderly unbearable for Mootisse; and he, too, decided to move. At first, the two artists enjoyed living across the street from each other; but then their art egos got the better of them and they built a fence to separate themselves. Is that what they really wanted? This picture book offers a colorful, humorous look at an incident in the lives of Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 10; read yourself: 9 to 12
Interest Level: 4 to 9
Reading Level: 4.4
Age of Child: Started reading with child nearly 6 years old.
Young Reader Reaction: Our child selected this book from the school library. The colors caught her attention, but the art has fascinated her. We've been asked to read this book several times, each time with a few more questions about art and friendship.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a refreshing, creative, wonderful book. The author has done a fabulous job introducing Matisse and Picasso, both as personalities (bull-headed and pig-headed, respectively), and their artistic styles.
Pros: The story offers young children a glimpse of art history they are sure to remember; and the wordplay is perfect for older, independent readers (and parents, too).
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is a fun book that is sure to be read bunches of time. If you are an art history lover (or know one), this is one to consider buying.
Educational Themes: The illustrations serve as a great introduction to the painting styles of Matisse and Picasso; and the short histories in the back add the historical context of the real artists. This is a great primer for going to the art museum, or just picking up a book on 20th century modern art.