Monday, March 5, 2012

When Pigasso Met Mootisse by Nina Laden

For those of you who know me, I am very anti-hegemony when it comes to the "art world"... This being said, I read a book called When Pigasso Met Mootise today to a Pre-K class.

It was absolutely fantastic! The artwork was vibrant and captured each art movement well (cubism and fauvism), and while it wasn't historically accurate, it was one of the best children's books that I've read in a while. Not to mention that the bold and bright illustrations captured the children's attention for long amounts of time... The book was illustrated by Nina Laden.

Most of my art teacher friends have raved about this book, but it took me this long to get around to reading it! My bad!

Here's some snippets of the artwork that I found online [granted, many of the images were not available because they want you to buy the book!]:


Illustrator Nina Laden captures the essence of Matisse's Fauvist and cut paper styles very well...


Ultimately, the book is about becoming friends with people who are different from ourselves... But it also reinforces the fact that "good artists" are ones who end up in museums. Think about that for a moment.

I never knew that Picasso and Matisse met in real life. Read all about it at this website!

For a list of other books illustrated by Nina Laden, please click here! To purchase a copy of this book, visit its Amazon page!

1 comment:

  1. Katie, I read this book to a Kindergarten class 2 weeks ago and they loved it! They asked such interesting and inspiring questions and loved learning about the real Picasso and Matisse after we read the book! I made a short slide show of some of the works that Nina Laden used for inspiration and had the kids to a mini scavenger hunt to find where Pigasso and Mootisse were inspired by the real artists!

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