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Just Behave, Pablo Picasso! (edition 2012)

by Jonah Winter, Kevin Hawkes (Illustrator)

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Title:Just Behave, Pablo Picasso!
Authors:Jonah Winter
Other authors:Kevin Hawkes (Illustrator)
Info:Arthur A. Levine Books (2012), Edition: Hardcover, Hardcover, 48 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:***1/2
Tags:biography, art, Picasso

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Just Behave, Pablo Picasso! by Jonah Winter

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The story promises to distinguish itself from other biographies with its exciting introduction to our subject - on the first page, Pablo Picasso is shown exploding out of an impressionist painting. Instead of a complete biography, the author focuses on a turning point in Pablo Picasso’s career, his evolution as an artist, and the public’s response to his paintings. The illustrator gives literal voice to the art critics through disgusted expressions and the occasional speech bubble (which certainly lightens up the story). Personally, the conflict in this book is a little boring - art dealers didn’t want him to change his style - and has too many elements of fantasy (I doubt all of Paris stuck their head out of the window to scold him and I seriously doubt he grew as tall as one hundred feet tall to refute his naysayers). Ultimately, his creative expression wins over the masses and he continues being rich and famous as before. The author includes an in-depth biography at the end of the book for readers seeking more information about the artist. ( )
  lscappel | Nov 28, 2016 |
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This book is about Pablo Picasso and his art. He was a wealthy artist. He was tired of the normal art style where everything was realistic. He was inspired by African art and started to do his own art style rather than the norm. When he revealed his art, everyone viewed it negatively.

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Pablo Picasso has always been an interesting figure to me, and after reading his biography, it made me admire him a lot more. I am an graphic designer and it is never a bad thing to be different. Picasso showed the whole world that you need to be truthful to yourself, listen to your heart, and don't let other peoples negativity affect your dreams.

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After reading this book, children should be asked what they like to do and what they want to do for a living when they become adults. They should be taught what ever they decide on, they must embrace it and don't let others tell them what they should be doing. ( )
  chywatt | Jul 25, 2016 |
I absolutely enjoyed reading this book because of the illustrations and the meaning behind the story. Pablo Picasso was an artist and some of the fonts and all of the drawings looked as if they were painted like Picasso would do. It adds another meaning to the drawing than just telling the story, it combines his skills and story together into one. I also loved the story behind Just Behave, Pablo Picasso! Everyone is unique and it is important to be able to be comfortable and be yourself even if you are going against society or the norms. The story will encourage students to strive to be the best they can be even if they aren't accepted at first. The big idea is to never give up and to keep trying even if you are rejected at first, you can still be successful.
  amyadams19 | May 3, 2016 |
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This is a biography of Pablo Picasso. He faced many struggles as he began painting. No one was interested in buying his art work, but that did not stop him from doing something he loved.

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The biography was very age appropriate. It shows that children can follow their dreams.

Classroom Extensions:
1. Let the students draw something they are passionate about.
2. Have the students tell a fact about someone famous who followed their dreams.
  a.houck | Apr 16, 2016 |
This biography written in simple language, but rich, tells the story of Pablo Picasso and how he became worldwide well recognized Artist during the times he lived in Spain and France. The beautiful and colorful illustrations portrait Pablo's transformations in different styles. The realistic illustrations demonstrate how he went from realism, surrealism, expressionism to cubism and abstract art with real paintings. Fantastic!
  eearly15 | Apr 3, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0545132916, Hardcover)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:12:14 -0400)

"Pablo Picasso may have been a world-famous artist, but that doesn't mean no one ever called his artwork "ugly." Any kid who's been told what to draw, or heard mean things about something they made, will relate to this story about how Pablo faced down his critics and made something truly original."--Jacket flap.… (more)

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