Bettina Valentino and the Picasso Club

Niki Daly

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Fifth-grader Bettina Valentino couldn’t be a bigger fan of the funky new art teacher at Bayside Prep, who walks around barefoot to soak up the energy of the earth and is full of inspiring lessons about how art can be used to challenge, shock, and surprise. But when the teacher’s unconventional methods get him into trouble with some influential parents, it’s up to Bettina and some of her art-loving friends to nip the controversy in the bud and support freedom of artistic expression.

In his first chapter book, Niki Daly gives readers a quick-paced, profusely illustrated story about a boisterous heroine – as well as tidbits about famous artists such as Picasso, Klee, and Warhol.

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Praise for Bettina Valentino and the Picasso Club

“An art competition, a student club (organized by Bettina), a parental complaint and a highly satisfactory resolution round out this light-hearted introduction to eccentricity, activism and art appreciation.” —The Washington Post

“With tidbits about famous artists, this is a quick-paced, entertaining book about the power of art.” School Library Journal

“Delightful.” —STARRED, Booklist

“The acclaimed South African author / illustrator ventures into chapter-book territory with this humorous account of how a new art teacher shakes up fifth grader Bettina Valentino’s school and inspires the fledgling artist . . . . Profusely illustrated and told in first-person chronological episodes, this may have appeal for some reluctant readers as well.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Bettina Valentino and the Picasso Club is a novel so funny that readers will find themselves laughing out loud at some of the antics of the title character and her family and friends – but beneath that amusement are some very serious lessons about what art is, how it is made, and in what ways it appeals to (or fails to appeal to) different sorts of people.”Infodad.com


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Niki Daly

NIKI DALY, a Hans Christian Andersen Award nominee, has written and illustrated many acclaimed picture books, among them Happy Birthday, Jamela!, which The Miami Herald praised as “absolutely pitch-perfect.” He lives in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Bettina Valentino and the Picasso Club
Niki Daly

Hardcover

Hardcover
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
April 2009
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780374307530
ISBN10: 0374307539
Chapter Book
6 x 8 inches, 112 pages, Black-and-white illustrations
Age Range: 7 to 10
Grade Range: 2 to 5 Information for Librarians

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Lexile: 710L
F&P Level A-Z: U
AR Quiz Number: 42390 EN
AR Book Level: 5
AR Points: 0.5

$15.95
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