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Lumpito and the Painter from Spain Library Binding – April 15, 2013
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One day, David has to go on assignment to photograph the famous painter, Pablo Picasso. And he takes little Lump with him. Lump is so glad to spend the day alone with his master, and away from Big Dog, he chases his tail in excitement.
As David’s car flies along the hilly landscape to the south of France, Lump’s ears “flapped in the breeze. He was happy as a lark.” Finally they come to the beautiful villa that belongs to the painter. The old painter bursts through the door to greet them, and he isn’t alone. Bounding toward him is another Big Dog. Lump stands his ground; he isn’t going to push around ever again.
But, surprise! The big dog – his name is Yan – wants to be friends! In fact, there are many surprises in store for Lump as he explores the villa with his newfound friend. And the biggest surprise is the great painter himself.
“Lumpito!” Picasso calls him, and if Lump had “been a cat, he would have purred.” It’s love at first sight for both of them.
Monica’s poetic narrative retells the story of a special friendship with sparse eloquence. Dean Griffith’s rich, vivid watercolors capture the luscious landscape, the bold personality of the painter, the soulful expression of Lumpito as he dodges Big Dog, and Lump’s sheer delight as he finds his new home. A gorgeous and rewarding tale of love, and a perfect read-aloud for a rainy – or any -- day!
So, in conclusion, an adorable story ripped right from the pages of history and presented in a tidy little paint splatters package of furry wonder for all to see. It will appeal to young readers right from the start with illustrations to adore (and really, who could say no to THAT little face?), while still giving older readers something to capture their interests and investigate after the tale has reached its end.
**review copy received in exchange for my honest review - full post can be seen on my site**
I would have loved to have seen Picasso's own art influencing the art of the picture book a bit more, though.
I stumbled across the story of Lumpito a while ago, when a photo book was published showing his adventures with the artist. This captures the adorableness of that and shares with with young children. It allows them to be introduced to the artist in a very gentle way. Again, I think the introduction to Picasso would have been better served if his art had been better represented in the narrative in some way.
However, it is still really cute and I can see kids really enjoying it. It would be fun to pair with perhaps a larger book of Picasso's art for a storytime, just to illustrate what he did. And then to be followed up with a craft of drawing activity.
1) The last page had nothing to do with the story. It felt like it was there to fulfill a page requirement. The information was interesting, though, so there is that.
2) Why did Big Dog not have a name? He was the bully and the bane of Lump's existence and he didn't have a name. And apparently his owner didn't care enough to stop the abuse. Rude.
3) The summation on the inner flap and the back of the book were poor summations of the story and gave poor expectations as to the tone, plot line, and POV.
4) Some of the writing came off as a bit too awkward.