Written by Monica Kulling
Illustrated by Dean Griffiths
Published by Pajama Press, 2012
Inspired by David Douglas Duncan’s Picasso & Lump: A dachshund’s Odyssey
Themes: Dachshunds, Pablo Picasso, Lump (Picasso’s dachshund)
Years ago there lived a dachshund named Lump. His name was pronounced Loomp, which means rascal in German.
Based on a true story – a rascally dachshund name Lump lived with a photographer named David in Rome. While Lump loved his owner his life was constantly perturbed by the less than friendly antics of the other animal in the house, Big Dog. Lump was thrilled when David headed north to visit a spanish artist friend in SE France and there was only room for a small dog in the car!
The artist turns out to be none other than Pablo Picasso, who is depicted here as a fierce and warm bon vivant, who loves animals and nicknames the dachshund, Lumpito. The artist and the long brown dog bond over meals and moments of playfulness together: lying on the lawn, or listening to the moon’s secrets. Unlike Big Dog’s bullying back in Italy, here Picasso’s animals, a friendly dog called Yan and Esmeralda the goat, welcome the playful dachshund into their midst. Lumpito became not only a great companion for Pablo, but also a source of inspiration. Lumpito can be found in several of the artist’s paintings.
Why I like this Book:
The author conjures up warm, vibrant images using few and simple words. The use of simile is very effective and is a great opportunity of children to discover this device in a charming picture book. The watercolour illustrations reveal Lumpito’s and Picasso’s characters through their facial expressions and interactions. I loved the scenes with the old car wending its way through beautiful European (especially Provencal) countryside depicted as they travelled north from Rome. Dog lovers will love Lumpito and his story of how he met Picasso and warmed his way into the Spanish painter’s heart and paintings. Having lived in the region of France that Picasso loved, painted and frequented, I find this a compelling story to also introduce children in an indirect way to this famous artist. My favorite illustration is Picasso cradling Lumpito in his arms as they both gaze at the Provence night sky! The French scenes are all very authentic!
Picasso Dogs – from CurcovikArtUnits
1. Draw an eye anywhere on your paper. Turn your paper 90 degrees clockwise.
2. Draw a second different eye, several times larger than the first eye. Turn your paper 90 degrees clockwise.
3. Draw a nose or snout. Turn your paper 90 degrees clockwise.
4. Draw a leg or paw. Turn your paper 90 degrees clockwise.
5. Draw a tail. Turn your paper 90 degrees clockwise.
6. Connect the elements together with straight and curved lines.
7. Finish with markers or coloured pencils.
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