This book pretty much requires young readers to pick a side.
I don’t think that's intentional, but every young child I have read it to—and there have been many—has felt passionately that one or the other artist is the best.
Which is funny, because Pigasso and Mootisse reconcile at the end of the book.
It’s a fabulous, fun introduction to the art of the real Picasso and Matisse—lots of brilliant illustrations and funny lines.
Pigasso turns his farmhouse into a Pork of Art
and Mootisse turns his into a Moosterpiece.
In the end, both artists see the value in the other and they both benefit from the interaction.
This is a great book for conflict resolution, empathy and seeing the good in others without diminishing our own values and ideas.
But it was a very expensive book for our family! Because not long after we bought it there was a Picasso exhibit in Sydney which we just had to attend and which is a good 12-hour drive from home. (Pigasso is the winner for about half of us.)
WHEN PIGASSO MET MOOTISSE
by Nina Laden - Chronicle Books, 1998
ages 2 to 10 years