¡Compórtate, Pablo Picasso!: (Spanish language edition of Just Behave, Pable Picasso!)
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¡Compórtate, Pablo Picasso!: (Spanish language edition of Just Behave, Pable Picasso!)

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  172 ratings  ·  55 reviews
From Jonah Winter and Kevin Hawkes (both beloved bestsellers and award winners), the story of how Pablo Picasso painted the way he wanted to paint, and left the world speechless!

Pablo Picasso may have been one of the most famous artists of the 20th century, but that doesn't mean he painted what people wanted him to paint! In fact, some people hated his paintings! But Picas...more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Scholastic en Espanol
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Barb Middleton
Another great read aloud with grade 5 students studying biographies. Jonah Winter's work is fantastic as mentor texts and I went and bought all of them for our library after reading this one. He captures a character and sprinkles facts throughout the story that allow students to delve deeper into the character or topic (such as the garbage barge story). Picasso is larger than life in this story, as he is today. Picasso plowed through the art world like a matador devouring different styles and mo...more
Barbara
Although many parents and teachers encourage their charges to behave, sometimes behaving--or conforming to exactly what is expected--is actually quite limiting to creativity. This partial picture book biography with just a hint of fantasy in lines such as "Picasso expanded himself to a height of one hundred feet..." (p. 36)that might be confusing to young readers also makes clear the enormity of his presence and courage--some might say arrogance--in daring to defy conventions. The author chooses...more
Margo Tanenbaum
Those looking for an attractive book on Picasso for young readers should check out Jonah Winter's picture book, Just Behave, Pablo Picasso!, released in February of 2012 and illustrated by the versatile Kevin Hawkes (I'm a big fan of The Wicked Big Toddlah, Library Lion, and A Pig Parade is a Terrible Idea, among others). This book focuses on the early years of Picasso's career. In a highly creative and appropriate opening, the first 2-page illustration shows a bucolic country landscape, a peace...more
Kris
3 starred reviews: PW, SLJ, Booklist

See also review at Waking Brain Cells.

Bold, vibrant paintings, tell the story of Pablo Picasso's development as an artist. I'm not very knowledgeable about Picasso, but I did get a feel that he made quite an impact on the art world of his day. Both the text and the art portray this quite well. Seems to be a good introduction to the artist for kids, or a read aloud for an art class. Not your typical picture book biography, this one is unique. Includes a brief w...more
Nick
This fictionalized biography of Picasso includes small images of some of his famous art, as well as a very philosophical discussion of his life and attitudes. I found that to be unusual, including the almost dreamlike way of portraying his existence.
While technically a picture book, I can't really see reading this to a very young child. I think that it is really aimed at kids who are becoming aware of their own identities and creativity, and can serve to encourage them to try things outside the...more
Becky
Wow!! Both words and pictures are strong in this lively biography that focuses on Picasso's early life and his twenties, when he first began to paint in a Cubist style and shocked the art world in the process. Self-reinvention and persevering in the face of criticism are themes that transcend the art context. I especially love Kevin Hawkes's paintings, with their unusual points of view (a huge Picasso stepping over the rooftops of Paris; a young Picasso literally bursting through a pastoral land...more
Mike
I loved this book. It was such a great book about doing what you love and being yourself and exploring new ideas; being defiant when others tell you know. My five year old daughter loved this book, but I also shared it with a group of 6th and 7th grade boys and they were enthralled by the story as well. Mixed in with the story are several of his paintings to give readers a taste of the variety of styles that Picasso used during his career. The story mixes in several fantastical elements such as...more
Samantha
A picture book biography about one of the most famous artists the world has ever known. A few facts about Picasso’s life are included, but the overall emphasis is on the huge impact Picasso had on art. Acrylic illustrations help to support the notion that Picasso was breaking onto the scene, especially when he is depicted as bursting through a canvas ready to create something original.

The text includes the various critical responses to Picasso’s work and his strong opinions. This book does a gr...more
Dolly
Feb 04, 2013 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We have been reading a lot of books about artists this month and our girls love to learn more about the lives and struggles of famous artists. I appreciated learning more about the inspiration and spark of creativity that drove Pablo Picasso to shun the popular style of artwork in his time and follow his dreams and his passion.

The metaphors in the story depict him as a larger-than-life persona and someone who is unafraid to forge new territory. We learned more about Mr. Picasso, especially from...more
Jamil
I don't know if I ever thought I'd see an illustration of Les Demoiselles d'Avignon in a book for kids...
Jim Erekson
The theatrical voice of the narrator almost made me feel like I was in a movie trailer, or listening to a carnival barker (neither of which was a bad thing). In fact, there were moments where I thought this could easily break into a musical. It had a lot of the pacing and exaggerated feel of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

I have to say I wish the storytelling style and illustration had less of the flash and fame about it, and more of the abstraction that would be more consistent w...more
Melissa
I appreciated the larger-than-life approach to portraying Picasso. I simply loved the double spread close up of the intense, not-quite-pleasant-expression on his face on the title page...right away an indication that Picasso is going to engage you whether you like it or not. And I am happy to see representations of so many different of his works throughout the book...usually with a picture book about an artist I am left wanting more of their art than I get.

I really don't mind the fantastic elem...more
Morgan Forrest
Genre: Picture Book, Biography
Age: Preschool/Primary

This book was a fun, exciting, and educational story about Pablo Picasso and how he came to be possibly the "most famous artist of the 20th century." We follow Pablo Picasso through his 20s living in France and how he ignored the comments from critics and collectors who called his work ugly and wanted him to paint more traditionally and just behave! Picasso's persistence to create the artwork that inspired him eventually led to the creation of...more
Robin
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Jennifer
Very interesting take on a biography of Pablo Picasso. The writing is rather frantic, which I imagine is somewhat like the life of Picasso if we are to believe all that we read about him. I very much liked Picasso's own words, "The chief enemy of creativity is good sense!". Such was his response when people criticized his works as not making any sense. What does make sense in this world?
Hannah Edwards
Just Behave, Pablo Picasso! by Jonah Winter is a biography that was written about Pablo Picasso and his life. I think that Jonah Winter did an extraordinary job putting together parts of Pablo Picasso’s life into a children friendly book. I think that is showcases major and important pieces of his life. This is a great book for teachers to use with their students when talking about art. Pablo Picasso was a very important figure in the history of art. This book will enhance the learning process a...more
Meghan Erena
I believe this picture book will be a great contender for the 2013 Caldecott Medal. The illustrations tell the story even without the text. I was able to go through the book first without reading and only observing the pictures and gain the same meaning as I did when I read it. I also love the fact that the illustrations are done through paintings, which of course fits with the theme of Pablo Picasso, as he was a painter himself. I also think the book as a whole has a good message for young read...more
Kate
This is a good introduction to Pablo Picasso and his creativity and art styles. Kevin Hawkes's illustrations are the best part of this book, beginning with an idyllic scene through which Picasso bursts. I particularly liked the illustration of the critics after viewing Picasso's newest painting. The images of the critics echo Picasso's paintings of faces. The book gives a good sense of Picasso's breaking away and creating new ways to make art. Further information provided by the author is helpfu...more
Hayden Drescher
I wouldn’t say I’m a raving fan of Picasso, but I would say I’m always interested in his work whenever I get the chance to see it or talk about it. Picasso was definitely ages ahead of his time and I’m glad somebody finally gave brief, well-put summary of how he got to that point. A lot is known about Picasso but kids don’t want some humdrum lecture about him. This book is perfect for getting kids interested and excited for any arts, crafts, and other artsy situations. The activities would not o...more
Christina
A fun look at the early life of Pablo Picasso, for very young readers. The exuberant art matches the energetic Picasso as he paints his early art. But when he gets inspired to create the first Cubist paintings, the book's author imagines that the whole of Paris yells out against him for daring to paint something different and bold and not at all like his earlier well-received but more realistic work. I loved the "centerfold" vertical image of him standing proudly in defiance.
Melissa
This is a great book about Picasso and how he was different from all the other artists when he first started painting. I would read this book to 2nd-3rd graders and use it to help explain how being different is a good thing and we don't always have to do what others do. I could also use it as part of an art unit and have the kids do a Picasso painting g of their own.

Winter, J., & Picasso, P. (2012). Just behave, Pablo Picasso!. New York: Arthur A. Levine Books.
Connie
I was looking for a story about Picasso that I could use for a book discussion with 3rd & 4th graders but this one was too simple. It didn't tell much about his life, only that he went against public opinion and created the art that he wanted, not what was expected of him. The author also portrays Picasso as somewhat of a superhero. While it's true that he was an artistic genius he wasn't able to "expand himself to a height of one hundred feet..."
Linda
If you are starting an art unit and wish to introduce Picasso, this is one book you can use. It highlights Picasso’s drive to be different (another entry point for discussion), and introduces his work throughout his career. It’s a book full of gorgeous full-page illustrations by Kevin Hawkes that show the emotions of Picasso and his critics as he challenges the art world with new ideas. There is a good page of backmatter at the end.
Wendy Garland
This biography approaches it's subject with a contemporary flair. Several scenes have Pablo Picasso portrayed in a super-hero manner. The language takes a lighter approach, "...he lives in Paris and wears a beret - ooh la la!" Some characters call out to Picasso or express themselves in seemingly graphic novel speech bubbles. The book reflects more on Picasso's ideas rather than his art.
Donalyn
Pablo Picasso became famous and wealthy as a classically trained painter. When he decided to experiment with new ways of making art, his critics called his work ugly and terrible.

Considered the first modern artist, Picasso created " a whole new kind of art, a whole new way of looking at the world."

A wonderful book about inspiration and staying true to your passions in spite of criticism.
Jenny
I liked the subject matter of the book but was more impressed by the artwork of Kevin Hawkes. I kept having to remind myself that this is the same guy who illustrated Library Lion! It seems that most children's book illustrators don't show that much of a stylistic difference in their work as Hawkes seems to. Very interesting . . .
Alicia
I didn't expect to like this quick portrait of Picasso but instead of trying to hit the highlights of Picasso's life and career, Winter chose to explain Picasso's period shifts which I think made it more interesting and valuable than most easy biographies. And Kevin Hawkes' illustrations were amazing - one of the best covers I've seen!
Karen
Read with my 4 year old; she really enjoyed it, and even asked what two of the quotes meant: "to copy yourself is pathetic'" and "the chief enemy of creativity is good sense." Besides serving as an introduction to Picasso, I found it to e a good introduction to the concept of creativity vs. conformity.
Janet
Picasso is one of my favorite artists, and this book is chock-full of all his different works and influences. And his story--being a celebrated artist, but often criticized for trying new things is a must-read for people who go against the flow. This is a great picture book-perfect for kids or adults!
Brenda Kahn
Nice story about Picasso's life for young readers, although I found the present tense narrative choice slightly awkward, especially at the end. The vibrant, energetic art really packs a punch and the afterword provides more information and notes on the paintings that were reproduced in the book.
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