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Just Behave, Pablo Picasso!

Written by Jonah Winter

Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes


A celebration of a modern master - and an inspiration to anyone who's ever felt judged!

Pablo Picasso may have been a world-famous artist, but that doesn’t mean no one ever called his artwork “ugly.”

Any kid who’s been told what to draw, or heard mean things about something they made, will relate to this story about how Pablo faced down his critics and made something truly original.

Inspiring, playful, brilliant – that was Picasso! They told him “Just behave….” And he almost never listened!


Reviews and Awards

International Latino Book Awards, Best Picture Book (Spanish) 2012
2012 Eureka! Nonfiction Children's Book Award, Silver Honor
Kansas State Reading Circle

⋆ “Winter resists the “good for you” air of some picture-book biographies in this dynamic reimagining of Picasso’s rocket trip to the top of the 20th-century art world, while Hawkes is energized rather than intimidated by the challenge of painting the great painter…. By dramatizing Picasso’s development rather than merely recounting it, Winter keeps readers fascinated, and by making Picasso a superhero—he bursts right through the canvas of a serene landscape on the second page - he dispels any notion of art as tired or irrelevant.” - Publishers Weekly, starred review

⋆ “Using an innovative and offbeat approach, Winter provides glimpses of the energy, enthusiasm, and dedication that ruled the artist’s world. In covering his early years (his experimentation with style, perspective, and color were not always appreciated), the author delivers a pungent message to today’s young artists: don’t be discouraged if your creative efforts are criticized… Hawkes matches Winter’s storytelling rhythm, supplying vitality and intensity to the spreads with colorful scenes of Paris, people of the time, and fascinating renditions of Picasso’s own work. This book is a boon for art teachers and especially classroom teachers and librarians working to bring an artistic presence and sensibility into children’s lives.” - School Library Journal, starred review

⋆“In words and visuals, the powerhouse team of Winter and Hawkes capture the ever-changing creativity that was Picasso’s hallmark by mirroring it in the book’s ebullient, often disconcerting design…. A combustible experience.” - Booklist, starred review

“A terrific opening - a serene, classical landscape interrupted by Pablo Picasso’s exuberant burst through the canvas of this bucolic scene - leads into a simplified look at Picasso’s artistic development from adolescent prodigy through his 20s…. Hawkes’ vibrant, full-bleed illustrations offer Picasso as a superhero of sorts, red cape included… An energetic and affectionate introduction to an artist who was always somewhat larger than life.” - Kirkus Reviews


Purchase Options
Indiebound • Amazon • Barnes & Noble


Spring 2012
Picture Book
ISBN: 978-0-545-13291-6
Price: $16.99/$18.99
Trim Size: 9" x 11"
Page Count: 48
Foreign Rights: Scholastic
Translation Rights: Scholastic
Rights Available? yes


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