From School Library Journal
Grade 3-5–Although many books have been written about Picasso, both as man and as artist, few have been as accessible to this audience as Jacobson's title. Written in simple, clear language, it effortlessly leads readers through the life of the artist, exploring his influences, selected works, and his creative processes. The softly radiant oil paintings are mostly full page and enhance the enjoyment of the book. They closely follow the accompanying text with one exception: an illustration of Picasso working by candlelight faces a discussion of the influence of Cézanne and African carvings on his early work. Reproductions of Picasso's artwork are also scattered throughout the volume, but given the distinct contrast in style between them and the other illustrations, young readers are not likely to confuse the two. A timeline fleshes out some of the facts imparted in the text. This eloquent tribute will serve as an introduction to Picasso and to an artist's inspirations.–Heather E. Miller, Homewood Public Library, AL
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Gr. 4-7. Created by a husband-and-wife team, this slim biography features striking oil portraits of its famous subject. On each spread, a brief paragraph sums up a period in Picasso's life. Small inset reproductions of a Picasso artwork appear, along with a page-size painting of Picasso that shows the artist at work, at rest, and in a few dynamic images, staring back at the viewer. The succinct text probably won't support reports, and there are no notes. Still, the appended annotated chronology will certainly help students looking for a quick reference, and with its unusual portraits and basic introduction to cubism and Picasso's life, this will be an intriguing addition to the surprisingly slender offerings about the artist for this age group. For a more comprehensive resource, students can turn to Stephano Loria's Picasso
(2001) in the Masters of Art series. Gillian EngbergCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved