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Picasso and Minou.

Picasso and Minou. P.I. Maltbie (illustrated by Pan Estrada), Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge, 2005. Illus., hardcover, 32 pp., $15.95.

Minou is a cat, a sleek Siamese, who lives with a young Picasso in Paris. We see them first in a studio piled high with paintings, which we recognize as those from the artist's Blue Period. All the paintings depicted in the following adventures are based on actual works. The Parisian street scenes are based on reality as well, although all are created in mixed media by Estrada. His scenes tell an intriguing story filled with circus folk, friends of Picasso, and historical Paris. There is a definite lighthearted quality to the illustrations, and lively characters, perhaps more caricatures than portraits. Extra enjoyment comes from the effort to identify the many artworks and to find the cat in each scene. Clearly the story here can only hint at the details of Picasso's career--his shift from the melancholy blue to the more up-beat rose--but the book is a happy addition to the resources used in any study of the artist for elementary and older youngsters.
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Title Annotation:Children's Book Briefs
Author:Marantz, Ken
Publication:School Arts
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Sep 1, 2005
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