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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; Library Binding edition (July 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811811212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811811217
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 9.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Verbal and visual puns fill Laden's (The Night I Followed the Dog) sly homage to Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, who are keenly caricatured as a prima-donna pig and a feisty bull. Pigasso is a dark-eyed hog in a red beret; his facial features rearrange according to his mood, and bruisy hues of blue and purple shadow his yellow-pink complexion. His painting of female pigs?a crafty version of Les Demoiselles d'Avignon?causes an art-world sensation. A canvas by Mootisse, a sophisticated orange bull with a neat brown beard and red-framed spectacles, featuring five graceful, nude cows?The Dance with udders?is hailed as a "Moosterpiece." After urban success, Pigasso and Mootisse move into country homes on either side of an ochre-dirt road. Pigasso's landscape features a tart-yellow house, angular shrubbery and a sharp-edged apple tree bearing cut-open fruit. Mootisse's farm offers a curvy tree, a patchwork garden of cutout leaf-shapes, and a construction-paper-smooth lawn that complements the red house. The artists at first share baguettes and bottles of wine, and make gifts of their paintings, but their friendship erodes as they snipe at each other's styles. Laden lightly satirizes the duo as "pig-headed and bull-headed," respectively, then lets them admit grudging admiration. She cites cubist and fauvist philosophies (Pigasso calls his rival a "wild beast"), and she mimics the real painters' techniques, so that Pigasso favors hard black outlines and Mootisse prefers brilliant side-by-side shades. While junior art historians familiar with the artists' work will laugh loudest, an afterword offers novices the background for this well-observed comedy. Ages 4-10.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 2-4-In this delightful tale of modern artists, a porky Pigasso and a bullish Mootisse start out as neighbors but end up feuding when they start criticizing one another's work. Now rivals, they transform their farms into bold works of art and then build a fence between the properties. However, the painters find that they miss one another's company and they each paint an apology on the fence-paintings that wow the critics and make the two fast friends. Based loosely on the real-life relationship between Picasso and Matisse, Laden's tale is a wonderful tribute to these exceptional talents and to the concept of accepting the ideas of others. The story is fast paced, packed with humor, and filled with clever wordplay. The bold acrylic paintings perfectly capture the duo's volatile temperaments and different artistic styles; they are fun to look at and reinforce the lighthearted mood of the text. Bound to entice its audience to learn more about these painters, this title is a sure bet for any children's collection. Use it in conjunction with Kathleen Krull's Lives of the Artists (Harcourt, 1995) or appropriate entries in Ernest Raboff's "Art for Children" series (Doubleday).
Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Nina Laden grew up in the New York City area. She now lives in an old farmhouse in Seattle, which she renovated with her husband. She is the author and illustrator of many books for children.

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A fun way of introducing children to art and artists!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Roz Levine on March 16, 2001
Format: Hardcover
When Pigasso Met Mootisse is a wonderful parody detailing the rivalry, feuding and eventual friendship of artists Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. Nina Laden's creative and witty text, full of wordplay and puns, will have adults and children alike, laughing out loud and also offers the subtle lesson of acceptance and respect for others and their work. But, it's her bold, bright, busy and humorous illustrations that will mesmerize youngsters and older art lovers will enjoy finding the "pig" and "bull" representations of Picasso's and Matisse's best known works. The biographical afterword, discussing their lives, painting and relationship, will enhance the story and give children a better understanding of these two great artists. This is a marvelous, vivid picture book, perfect for kids 4-8; a hilarious story for the ears and a visual feast for the eyes.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 24, 1998
Format: Hardcover
It is not often that one finds a book that is either visually charming or provides an elegant introduction to art history at an early learners level or teaches an eloquent moral lesson. To find a book that does all three is a gift.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Wallis Davenport on December 29, 2005
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This terrific book recounts the rivalry and eventual friendship of Picasso and Matisse, er, ah, excuse me...I meant, Pigasso and Mootisse. The protagonists in this story live across the street from each other and first hurl insults like,"You paint like a wild beast", (that's called "fauvism" for all you art lovers or snobs out there!) while Mootisse retorts, "You are pig-headed". Throughout, the paint and puns fly.
Beautiful visuals and a great afterward that tell the "real" story of Picasso and Matisse complete this utterly charming book. A good intro to art world for the little ones, as well as a lesson on the power of friendship and tolerance.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer L.J. Kerdock on June 30, 2000
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This picture book is a "moosterpiece" in itself, or a "pork of art!":) The playful illustrations in their bright contrasting colors and shapes have great kid appeal. It is a terrific selection to share with children as it highlights the life-long rules of respecting one another's differences and honoring companionship. It is a sure win with adults who also could benefit from a reminder of those rules and who will be chuckling aloud in between the clever puns. In addition art lovers of all ages will have so much fun discovering all of the silly representations of a few 20th century painters' greatest works. Laden really did an outstanding job capturing the contrasting styles of Picasso and Matisse. All of her little details really enhance the beauty of the book -- especially cute are the fly pages inside the cover with their collection of facial expressions of both painters.
I highly recommend this book to library shelves everywhere and to every pair of hands, small and large, young and old! Truly outstanding!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rei's Mom on December 13, 2006
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This book is my daughter's favorite. We have read it every day for the past 9 or so months and she has most of the punch lines memorized, (e.g., "mootisse was not like the other bulls" "it was a modern art mess" "the silence was broken" "i'm tired of this crowded cow town"). After reading it the first time, she said she wanted to draw with paint. And she did. Now we do watercolors all the time and she knows that Picasso and Matisse were great artists. This book provided a fun and funny way for her to learn about two art masters and their styles while also teaching a lesson about conflict resolution.

We have taken this book on flights across the country and overseas. The illustrations and the story engage my daughter to no end. The description of this book is for 4-8 year olds but unlike Roberto: The Insect Architect by Nina Laden (also a funny, well-illustrated book), I find Pigasso/Mootisse to be appropriate for a younger {pre}reader as well. I'm back to buy more copies as gifts for all the kids that I know.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By eric_the_redder on November 11, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I saw this while visiting the wonderful Dali Museum in St. Petersburg Florida. The story is simple enough for small kids to understand, but not TOO simple for older kids or the adults reading the book.

When my daughter was quite small she liked the pictures. Then she liked the story. Then she started to understand that there was a PICasso and MAtisse. I think soon she will start to appreciate the satire, and the ingeneous illustration: some pages in "Pigasso's" style and other pages in "Mootisse's" style.

I honestly believe this book contributed to her deep interest in art; I cannot think of higher praise than that!

P.S. Also get "Camille and the Sunflowers" which is another winner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Nina Laden, When Pigasso Met Mootisse (Chronicle, 1998)

Nina Laden's books may have originally been written for the preschool set, but people of all ages have been finding them wonderful for years. This one's no exception.

When Pigasso Met Mootisse takes the factual rivalry between the two brilliant painters, bolsters it with a bunch of sight gags and groanworthy puns, and turns it into a fun little art lesson for both kids and adults.

If you don't know Laden's stuff, this one's a great one to check out. ****
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Maldre on September 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
"When Pigasso Met Mootisse" is a fun children's book that plays on the interesting relationship of Picasso and Matisse. Nina Laden depicts them as hilarious charactertures of a pig with cubist leanings and a bull who paints like "a wild beast". They escape the hectic art world and become neighbors, but end up feuding when they start criticizing one another's work. They eventually...I can't give away the whole story here.
This bright and colorful children's book is visually charming and loaded with verbal and visual puns.
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