Pablo the Artist
By Satoshi Kitamura
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374356873, 32pp.
Publication Date: February 21, 2006
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Pablo the elephant has a problem. His art club is holding an
exhibition, and all he has is an empty canvas. Plagued by artist’s
block, Pablo sets out for the country, in hopes of finding fresh
ideas. But when he finishes his landscape, Pablo still isn’t
satisfied. It may just take the ingenuity of some friendly
woodland strangers to help Pablo realize his full artistic
Bursting with the author’s inimitable illustrations, this is an
uplifting story about teamwork and artistic vision.
SATOSHI KITAMURA has written and/or illustrated dozens of
books for children, including Once Upon an Ordinary School
Day by Colin McNaughton, which School Library Journal
deemed “an excellent selection.” He lives in London, England.
"Kitamura's familiar cartoon style and wry humor pair perfectly in this original take on artist's block." -- Kirkus Reviews "The expressiveness of the characters lends much to the telling. . . Offers a good platform from which to question children about where our ideas and inspirations come from." --School Library Journal "Kitamura imagines a character overcoming creative limitations. . . readers notice what an observant painter might neglect when crafting a natural landscape." --Publishers Weekly "Hilarious visual details and comical touches abound in this clever story that playfully flips reality." -- Booklist