The Boy Who Bit Picasso
By Antony Penrose
(Abrams Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780810997288, 48pp.)
Publication Date: March 2011
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Tony was a boy with a special friend—a world-famous artist by the name of Pablo Picasso. Tony and his parents entertained Picasso at their home in England, and they went to visit Picasso and his family in France, too. Tony, when a child, really did bite Picasso. And Picasso bit him back!
Filled with information about Picasso and his art, this book offers readers a rare glimpse into Picasso’s personal life and features more than sixty-five illustrations, including artworks by Picasso, photographs by Lee Miller, and specially commissioned drawings by contemporary children.
Grown-up Tony, the son of photographer Lee Miller and painter-writer Sir Roland Penrose, shares his childhood memories of his remarkable playmate in this one-of-a-kind story.
Praise for The Boy Who Bit Picasso
.“A sparkling illustrated memoir. It is a wonderfully engaging glimpse of the creative life, as viewed from child-height”. –Wall Street Journal
“It's a fascinating and highly personal vision of the artist.” –Publishers Weekly
“This intimate, child’s-eye view serves up a winning glimpse of the artist’s personality and unparalleled creative breadth.” –Kirkus Reviews
“In this delightful volume, the author recounts growing up with Pablo Picasso as a family friend. Appropriate for the topic, the book is a work of art in itself, featuring brightly colored pages and stunning black-and-white photos.” –School Library Journal
Antony Penrose grew up surrounded by important artists and writers of the twentieth century. Today he runs Farley Farm House, his parents' former home in southern England, which houses works by surrealist and modern artists and is open to the public. He is the author of an adult book about his mother, Lee Miller. He lives in East Sussex, England.