One of the main reasons to go to Hakone was to go to the Open Air Museum which also houses the Picasso museum. To prepare for the trip I bought Getting To Know The Worlds Greatest Artists by Mike Venezia. The book, I think has just the right amount of information, enough to spark an interest and not too much to overwhelm. It touches on various stages of Picasso's life, the early days, Blue Period, Rose Period, Cubism, the Civil war etc. Ebi-kun soaked it all up, when I first looked at the book I was totally convinced but after seeing Ebi-kun devour it, I will be buying others in the series.
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I made Ebi-kun a workbook to go with this little book, it has some question pages, drawing pages, sections on shading and hatching plus some little cards to match. If you would like a copy it is available as a PDF here.