Thursday, January 17, 2013

Lumpito and the Painter from Spain by Monica Kulling and Dean Griffiths

Lumpito and the Painter From Spain by Monica Kulling and Dean Griffiths
Pajama Press
ISBN: 978-1927485002
Published Oct 15, 2012
Hardcover, 32 pages, Age 5+

From the publisher:
Lumpito and the Painter from Spain is inspired by the true story of Picasso's love affair with a dachshund named Lump, who came for a visit, refused to leave, and became immortalized in a number of the artist's paintings and drawings.

Our Thoughts:
My son and I enjoyed this story of Pablo Picasso and his beloved dachshund, Lumpito. It's an adventurous story as we follow Lump who lived with a photographer in Italy and travelled with him to a villa in France to visit the famous painter, Picasso. Once there, the dog bonded with the artist who renamed him Lumpito and spent many hours playing together.

My son knows about Pablo Picasso, having studying his art in school. Picasso is portrayed here as a man who loved the antics, the shape and the character of this little dog. One of our favorite illustrations in the book is a two page spread of Picasso lying down on the grass next to Lumpito and stroking the dog's long body.

The author makes good use of similes in her text, conjuring images with few words. The watercolour illustrations bring out Lumpito's character through his facial expressions as well as the delight in Picasso's. And of course, I loved the beautiful European countryside depicted as they travelled. Children who love dogs will especially love Lumpito and his story of how he met Picasso and warmed his way into the Spanish painter's heart and paintings.

Note: This book is rated C = clean read.

Reviewed by Laura and Son

Disclosure: Thanks to Erin Woods from Pajama Press for sending us this book for review. We were not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.

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