I've reviewed a couple of Nicholas Allan's children's books recently - the hilarious The Giant's Loo Roll which is just what the doctor ordred after a stressful day at work or when the kids are getting grumpy because we all always end up giggling, and The Queen's Knickers, which again made us laugh. But I was pleased to see that the third book of his that we discovered - Picasso's Trousers - goes beyond the naughty sense of humour/silliness to deliver an educational message as well (while keeping in a few laughs - he can't help himself, much to our delight !)
Using very simple language that even the youngest readers can understand, Nicholas Allan gives the reader an introduction to the artistic techniques used by Picasso and some of his most well-known paintings. It's a fascinating insight, even for grown-ups and older children.
The book is full of colourful pictures and even a special fold-out page that keep kids enthusiastically turning the pages.
But it also has a funny, engaging story about the man behind the artwork which has a great life-lesson about not taking no for an answer and going for what you want in life.
Oh, and it also has a cheeky flap on the last page that had the Madhouse Mini-testers squealing in delight because it reveals Picasso's pants !! Nicholas Allan has done it again !!
Inside the back cover is a more complete (and more serious) biography of the artist, which would be a great starting point for discovering more about Picasso and art in general.
star rating : 5/5
RRP : £5.99
- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: Red Fox Picture Books (2 Aug 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099495368
- ISBN-13: 978-0099495369
Disclosure : We received a review copy of the book.
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