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. (Picasso is the winner for about half of our family.)