It’s not easy to find a book that is at once silly, clever, attractive, and educational. When Pigasso Met Mootisse paints Picasso as a diva pig, and Matisse as a feisty bull.
At first, the two artist-animals are friends, but eventually jealousy leads to rivalry. Pigasso doesn’t understand Mootisse’s “MOOsterpieces,” (haha) and Mootisse doesn’t get Pigasso’s “Les Desmoiselles d’Avignon” featuring female pigs.
Loosely based on Picasso and Matisse’s friendship, the educational tour de force of the book lies in its visual and verbal puns. Parodies of famous paintings featuring pigs and bulls are rendered so as to closely imitate the style and colours of the original masterpieces. Think of a Matisse nude with udders sticking out!
Even though the two artists criticize each other’s artistic styles, they eventually agree to disagree and remain friends. A great teaching point for kids on friendship and acceptance of differing points of view.
Good news! You don’t have to wait to get your hands on the book. Below is actor Eric Close reading When Pigasso Met Mootisse.
You can also find ideas for discussions and activities HERE.
I hope your kids enjoy this book as much as mine did. You never know where it may lead: A visit to a museum? A painting activity?