by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara
Pub Date 04 Jan 2022 | Archive Date 03 Feb 2022
Quarto Publishing Group – Frances Lincoln Children's Books, Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Little Pablo grew up in an artistic household and after drawing his first painting at nine years old. His dad was an art teacher and helped grow his son's talent, teaching him to use oil paints.
He moved first to Barcelona and then to France, where he achieved significant success, and went on to becoming one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. His artistic style inspired many movements in art, music and literature, which we still see today. This powerful book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the Pablo Picasso’s life.
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Pablo Picasso is a short picture book with fun, vibrant illustrations about the life of Pablo Picasso. The illustrations are bright and engaging enough to keep children interested. I wish they had used Braque's full name in the text of the book and included at least one image of a Picasso painting, but I assume there may have been a copyright issue there. This book is a great introduction to the life of Picasso, a painter whose work has always appealed to children.
Picasso is such an enigmatic artist, and readers of all ages will enjoy reading about his life and his journey through art. The illustrations in this biography are colorful, inviting, and inspiring. I enjoyed the nod to his blue period by showing Picasso gathering all the blue paints and pigments with teary eyes. There's certainly a bit of tongue in cheek humor to the illustrations, but all in all very respectful of this important artist. I recommend this to all readers who are interested in art history and the details about Picasso's life!
From Picasso we learn that art has no form. With him, it changed form, and created new dimension. This is Pablo Picasso, who starts painting since young age, and with time, his vision and mission changed. This book always encourage children, one way or another. Although I can't understand Picasso's style, but some might enjoy his paintings. It proofs that his way of thinking can be received by others.
First of all, the illustrations by Teresa Bellon are EXQUISITE! My niece and nephew have picked up this book several times just to ‘get lost’ in the scenes of Picasso’s life. Each time they look at them, they see something else! We agree that this is the best-illustrated book in this series that we've read. With growing up in an artistic household, and his first word being ‘pencil,’ it’s easy to see that Picasso was destined for artistic greatness. Yet, Vegara writes to reveal that success for Picasso didn’t always come easy. Readers will discover why he burned some of his paintings, why exhibitions in Paris were so difficult, and why for two years his works were entirely painted in blue. I had an ‘ah-ha’ moment when I realized the location for Picasso’s first Parisian exhibition was the same name as our local children’s art studio! Key things we learned were that all children are artists, we should never stop trying to paint like a child, and that even when things get tough, we should believe in our own talents. I plan on continuing to foster my niece and nephew’s artistic talents because I know how important it is to keep a dream alive. As much for children as it is for adults, this book is a must-have in every home with children! Keep fostering the dream and keep the artist within alive…the road to success needs to be lined with supportive cheerleaders. Thank you for this 5-star glimpse into the life of one of the world's greatest artists of the 20th century. It's easy to read, flows well, highlights the important facts, and gives little readers encouragement to keep their dreams big. Publishes January 4, 2022. I was gifted this advance copy by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Quarto Publishing Group – Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, and NetGalley, and was under no obligation to provide a review.
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The ‘My First Little People, Big Dreams’ series provides informative and inspirational biographies about people who left a mark on this earth, no matter what difficulties they have encountered. These stories are very short, but that’s because they’re books for children, so it’s totally understandable. I think they are a very smart and wonderful way to introduce little children to such important figures. This little book tells the story of the great painter Pablo Picasso. I'm a big fan of his works, so it was really nice to read about him and his life in this colorful and entertaining way!
These are beautifully designed, lovely illustrated guides to the lives of people. As the cover suggests, images and words depict the life of Pablo Picasso. A fun and brief book to read over and over.
Pablo Picasso is a new addition to the immensely popular Little People, Big Dreams series by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara. Due out 4th Jan 2022 from Quarto on their Frances Lincoln imprint, it's 32 pages and will be available in hardcover and ebook formats. This is another engaging little book, well written in clear accessible language. There is a surprising amount of information included here, especially considering the page count. The art by Teresa Bellon is appealing and colorful and I found myself drawn into the pictures. The illustrations are active and full of creativity and suit the subject well. There are flashes of homage throughout but they're presented in a playful and respectful way. Well written and appealing, I am really enjoying all of these little books. This one is a worthy addition. Five stars. This would make a superlative reading circle book, classroom library book, or gift. Picasso was a rebel and a firebrand and lived such an interesting life and the author does a wonderful job of relating the information in an age appropriate manner without being too specific or disingenuous. This would make a great starting point for deeper research for young readers and a good introduction to his works. Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes
A biography as colorful and creative as the artist himself. This little gem on the life of Pablo Picasso introduces young kids to one of graphic art's greatest talents of the 20th century. An abridged timeline at the end provides further detail on the artist's life. Artwork is stylized in a kid-friendly cubist style. A perfect little read to inspired future painters.
One of my favourites in this excellent series. The illustration is simply stunning, each page jam packed with wonderful vibrant colours and details. My art-loving 7 year old found the story of Pablo Picasso really fascinating. There's a page in the book which is all blue indicating a sad time in Picasso's life and this generated a really interesting discussion between myself and my daughter about colours, moods and emotions. Another great addition to the 'Little People, Big Dreams' series. Many thanks to the publisher for the opportunity to review.
I love this series. I was even more excited to see an artist (working in the arts myself) to share some of my passion with my little ones. These books are such an asset to any child's library, educational, inspiring and fun!
Pablo Picasso is the newest lead in this latest edition of the Little People, BIG DREAMS series by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara. This series is such a delight and the perfect way to educate not just kids but everyone about historic and cultural icons. Picasso was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist and theatre designer who spent most of his adult life in France. The book follows Picasso as he attends a prestigious art school in Barcelona to his influence in creating Cubism. Teresa Bellón illustrates this installment and does a fantastic job. Bellón's art style was so captivating and her art definitely further helped tell Picasso's story. I love collecting these books and am so thrilled to add this one to the rest of my collection. I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Thank you to the author, the Quarto Publishing Group and NetGalley, for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This book is so well done, and the illustrations are stunning - I think this is my favorite in the "Little People, Big Dreams" series thus far. Picasso and his work are introduced in a way young children can understand and relate to. I loved the way the author brought the topic of emotion and feeling influencing art into the story. Yes, there are large gaps in terms of Picasso's shameful treatment of women (no mention at all of his wives in the book), but for a first introduction to art and the artist, this is fantastic.
This Picasso edition of this children's series was an interesting one. I actually didn't know all of this about Pablo Picasso (and I took Art History in college with a section studying him). That was pretty cool to see such an inspirational artist for young ones who love art to see him become such a success in his own style. The only thing I think was lacking was just how unique his style was....even though he studied and tried out other styles also. To me, that's a big part of his inspiration. That his work was unlike anyone else's and he owned it so wholly. But all in all, a great little book.
Very cute illustrations and terrific information. We love these books. The author gives enough information that it gets little ones intrigued about the subject but not so much it goes over their head. We ended up looking at Pablo Picasso’s art after.
I love the "Little People, Big Dreams" series and I was surprised Pablo Picasso wasn't a part of it yet, so I was thrilled to see this. Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara made Pablo Picasso's story so meaningful. It discussed emotions, and how emotion can be expressed with a specific color, but also allowed for the talk of grief to exist and made it simple enough to explain it to a young child. The illustrations by Teresa Bellon were phenomenal, the intricate details, the color choices, the book can also be used as a vocabulary builder book using the illustrations alone. Great addition to the Little People, Big Dreams series.
We are huge fans of this entire series and this book did not disappoint-- in fact, it may be our new favorite. Reading about Picasso's life was inspiring, interesting, and thought-provoking. The amazingly bright, fun illustrations brought the book to life, but we equally loved that the use of color to show emotions was mentioned.
Thank you to Netgalley, the Publisher and authors for providing me with an ARC of this book. It was a great, easy to understand summary of the life of Pablo Picasso and had great illustrations
This book was educational and the art was beautiful. I would love to share books like this with my children to talk about at history and the artist that have come before us..
Artful and inspiring for young readers, although it omits some of the darker aspects of picasso's history - just because he was a good artist doesnt mean his transgressions should be forgotten/ignored
I absolutely loved this mini-biography of Pablo Picasso! The text is written for younger students to understand and the illustrations (which are beautiful, by the way) actually reflect a lot of Picasso’s style and techniques. I also like that, even though it was a child’s book, many of the biggest events in Picasso’s life are captured. I loved it, and I can’t want to get my hands on a copy for my classroom! Thank you @netgalley for the ARC e-reader edition of this book! Posted on Instagram
Believe in yourself and the thing you feel most passionate about, this is artist Pablo Picasso's life motto and message to all of us. His life and education began in Spain where his father taught art, and he later moved to Paris where he learned to express himself in a new and different way of painting. This book is suitable for ESL. This simple book is enjoyably illustrated by Teresa Bellon in simple colors. I requested and received a free temporary ebook copy from Quarto Publishing Group/Frances Lincoln Children's Books via NetGalley. Thank you!
This series introduces the youngest children to many well-known adults and tells their life stories in a simple manner. The illustrations always add to the flavor of the text. The ones included here are very bold and appealing. Each book includes some additional information at the end of the story. This time, the biography is of one of the most intriguing artists of the modern era. Children will learn that young Pablo’s very first word was pencil and that he was interested in art from a very early age. Kids learn about the reason for Pablo’s Blue Period, his creation of new artistic styles, and his struggles. The story is well told. I highly recommend this entry in the excellent series. It tells the story of a boy who grew up to be an artist on his own terms. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publish
This is just brilliant! The story of Picasso's life is told in kid-friendly terms that are both interesting and accessible. Beyond basic biographical details, the reader is treated to the story of how his various art styles developed and the effect they had on the world around him. There is a real depth of information while still remaining clear and readable for young students. And the art! The art! The illustrations are so wonderfully vibrant and lively. Students could get lost for quite a while studying all the intricate details and various styles. This could really inspire a budding art lover and is a must-have for pre-K and elementary school and classroom libraries! Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review!
I am the biggest fan of the Little People Big dreams Series. The information is always great and the illustrations are really nice too. This one is all about the life of the famous artist Pablo Picasso. This whole series is a great collection for children and libraries! Thank you to netgalley for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Thanks to the publishers for sharing this book. It gives some nice background about Picasso. I like this Little People Big Dreams series. My full review appears on Weekend Notes.
A stunning color palette and illustrations! The story provided real information about the life of Pablo Picasso in an easy to read and just-long-enough telling of Picasso's contributions to the world of art. Perfect for elementary aged kids. It mentioned his most famous works and periods of work, with just enough information adults and children would benefit from reading this. The timeline at the end of the book would be very useful for teachers and caretakers to use when forming lesson plans or additional activities in regard to Picasso.
This is a fabulous, bright, educational children’s book about Pablo Picasso. The illustrations are very well done, and eye catching. This book would be fabulous for any children’s art class or for any child interested in art history. Highly recommended!
5★ “. . . his first word was ‘lapiz,’ which means pencil in Spanish.” How could I not love the vibrancy and colour of this little book! As well as being a biography of one of the most celebrated artists in the world, it is an absolute treasure for anyone who likes to pick out details and find things. Pablo Picasso’s father was an art teacher who taught him to use paints. He was only nine when he painted his first painting. My Goodreads review includes an illustration with the quotation: “He was only a kid, but was already a better artist than his dad.” He went with his father to Spain’s famed El Prado museum. I love these stylised versions of old works. My Goodreads review includes an illustration with the quotation: “Pablo hoped that his paintings would one day be hanging on the walls, next to the work of great Spanish masters like Goya or Velázquez.” At sixteen, he went to art school in Barcelona, but he had his own ideas of how he wanted to paint. He had a solo exhibition, mixed with other painters and artists, and met his great friend, Carles. He moved to Paris, hoping the art scene there would be more to his liking, but even there they weren’t ready for him. My Goodreads review includes an illustration with the quotation: “Sometimes, he burned his own paintings to keep his room warm.” Then he received terrible news – Carles had died. He grieved and went into what we now call his Blue Period. My Goodreads review includes an illustration with the quotation: “For a long time, Pablo would only use the color blue in his paintings. It was his way of letting everyone know how sad and lonely he felt after the loss of his friend.” After two years, he began painting circus and cabaret performers in pinks and reds and oranges. Colour was back on his palette! Next, he and his friend Georges began experimenting by painting things from different angles and putting them all in the same picture. My Goodreads review includes an illustration with the quotation: “Cubism . . . The result was as playful as a little kid’s drawing.” Next, Georges brought some wallpaper and they began cutting it up to add to paintings and cointed a term for it: Collage. My Goodreads review includes an illustration with the quotation: “It was the first time collage was used in a work of art.” One of his most famous works, the 1937 anti-war painting, “Guernica”, is discussed here, but there is no attempt to recreate its powerful black and white impact. There are countless little images of the kinds of things he invented or inspired in these pictures, but the main thing he wanted to do was encourage childhood imagination. My Goodreads review includes an illustration with the quotation: “. . . little Pablo never stopped trying to paint like a child. Because all children are artists— we just need to keep believing it once we grow up.” What’s not to love? Talent and independence and heart and colour. As with the other books in the series, there is a short biography with four black and white photos at the end and reference to other material. Thanks to #NetGalley and Quarto’s Frances Lincoln Children’s Books.
I received an advance reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers. Pablo Picasso I'd one of the newest editions in the Little People Big Dreams series and didn't disappoint. In fact I think I have a new favourite! The last sentence of the book swung it for me to make it a 5 star review: "because all children are artists we just need to keep believing it once we grow up". Such a beautiful and encouraging line to finish the book with! This book was very busy within the illustrations with lots for the child reading it to see. The information is bite sized and perfect for little readers and shoes how inspiring Pablo Picasso was and still is. All children need a dream and to be encouraged to chase after their dreams,especially in the crazy world we live in today.
I received an electronic ARC from Quarto Publishing Group – Frances Lincoln Children's Books through NetGalley. I always look forward to Sanchez Vegara's latest books in this series. Her biographies offer a full look at the person's life using language that elementary level readers can understand. In this volume, readers meet Pablo Picasso as a child and watch as he grows up and continually challenges himself to grow his art. The artwork enhances the story and allows readers to draw clues to his life. For further information, Sanchez Vegara provides a biographical timeline and actual photos of Picasso at the end of the book.
Little People Big Dreams books are always a treat for my daughter and I. We love the stories and the formats. Pablo Picasso's story was really special. My daughter enjoyed the story and the illustrations, and as always I was engaged and learned about the artist as well! The publisher made this book available for review via netgalley. This is my honest opinion.
I knew of Pablo Picasso, but I never really understood is art or his style, and I can't say I really do now, but I know a bit more. Pablo Picasso was a child prodigy. He was drawing before he talked. As a child, his art outpaced his father's works when he was still quite young. I loved how much his parents supported and encouraged is talent. This book shows his progression as an artist, his friendships and some of the people and places that inspired him. It explained some of the processes he used, the reasons he tried different things and the journey he took to be successful. The illustrations by Teresa Bellon are appealing and colorful. They are active and full of creativity and suit the subject well. The final page in this book tells us why this is such a great series. "Even though it took him just four years to paint like a master, little Pablo never stopped trying to paint like a child. Because all children are artists -- we just need to keep believing it once we grow up."
I absolutely adore the Little People Big Dreams series for kids and am so glad I read the one about Pablo Picasso. All the illustrations in the series are great, but this one is especially bright and beautiful- it's wonderful to see Picasso's creativity and artistry celebrated in the book's artwork as well as the story. I really enjoyed hearing about the painter's younger years how his upbringing shaped him into the man he was, and how that informed his artistic style. Kids will love hearing about his creative spirit and learning history in a fun and relatable way. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the advance copy of this book.
I absolutely love this series of books for kids. I love giving them as gifts to friends of mine with young kids. I think the art is consistently beautiful. The illustrations are always bright and engaging, and this book about Pablo Picasso is no stranger to that trend. I'm a big fan of Pablo Picasso, so I was excited to read this one. The art inside is interesting and each page tells a story, even without the words. I think the short story it tells about Picasso's life is important for kids to hear because it shows Picasso receiving support in a creative endeavor from his parents and friends. I think that's a great moral for kids and a great perspective for them to learn the basics about a famous and influential painter. Would definitely recommend!