Just Behave, Pablo Picasso! by Jonah Winter

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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.

About Jonah Winter

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Jonah Winter has written many exciting picture book biographies for children, with subjects that include Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Barack Obama, and Dizzy Gillespie. He lives in Pittsburgh, PA. Kevin Hawkes is the illustrator of over 40 books for children, including WESLANDIA and LIBRARY LION, a New York Times bestseller. He lives in southern Maine with his wife and children.
Published February 1, 2012 by Arthur A. Levine Books. 48 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Children's Books, Arts & Photography.

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A terrific opening—a serene, classical landscape interrupted by Pablo Picasso's exuberant burst through the canvas of this bucolic scene—leads into a simplified look at Picasso's artistic development from adolescent prodigy through his 20s.

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Publishers Weekly

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Winter (Barack) resists the “good for you” air of some picture-book biographies in this dynamic reimagining of Picasso’s rocket trip to the top of the 20th-century art world, while Hawkes (The Wicked Big Toddlah Goes to New York) is energized rather than intimidated by the challenge of pain...

Dec 19 2011 | Read Full Review of Just Behave, Pablo Picasso!

Portland Book Review

But Picasso argues that “the chief enemy of creativity is good sense!” I highly recommend this book to parents of young readers who also happen to be interested in art, or to small children who have strong wills and big dreams.

Jul 26 2012 | Read Full Review of Just Behave, Pablo Picasso!

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