Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Picasso by Mike Venezia #25

Venezia, M. (1988). Picasso (Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists series). Chicago, Illinois: Childrens Press.

Book Type/Pages:


Grade Level:

Second through fifth grades

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Author Credibility:

Mike Venezia attended the Art Institute in Chicago. He has written over forty-five books on famous artists for this series.


I could not locate any awards for this book.

Book Summary:

This book is about the artist Pablo Picasso. He was born in Spain to parents that encouraged him to paint. His painting style went through many changes over time. He painted during his “Blue” and “Rose” period, where his use of color corresponded with this outlook on life. A form of art called cubism was made famous by Picasso. He continued to work until his death at age ninety-two.

National/State Standards:

National Art Education Standards:
Understanding the visual arts and in relation to history and cultures
Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others


The illustrations in this book are a mixture of photographs, reproductions of Picasso’s work, and watercolor. The illustrations done by the author/illustrator Mike Venezia, are humorous and cartoon-like. Examples of Picasso’s work appear throughout the book.

Access Features:

An important access feature of this book includes information on the locations of the works featured in this book.

Writing Style:

The writing style of this book is informal and conversational. The text is plain and easy to read. Because of its simplistic nature, I found this to be an easy read that did not confuse me with unnecessary information.

Use in My Classroom:

I would use this book as a part of art studies in my classroom. I feel that some of the works featured in this book would lend themselves to instruction in math and as inspiration for writing assignments.

My Response to the Book:

I really enjoyed this book! I was apprehensive because it was a part of a series, but was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it. I was not aware of all of the different stages that Picasso’s work went through.

Related Texts:

Other books about Pablo Picasso:

Picasso and the Girl with a Ponytail by Laurence Anholt
Painting with Picasso by Julie Merberg
A Day with Picasso by Susanne Pfleger
Pablo Picasso: Breaking All the Rules by True Kelley
Pablo Picasso (Artists in Their Time) by Kate Scarborough


Stephanie B. said...

I took an art class when I was in high school. The teacher would talk about different artists, but we never really read any books about the artists. It would have been really helpful to have read interesting books about them.

Debbie Vanderford said...

This would be a great book to introduce Picasso to children. I was never exposed to his art as a student, and while I still don't care for it, it is growing on me. I want to make sure I expose my students to all forms of art so they will grow up to have an appreciation for all forms.