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  • Posted April 6, 2013

    Love the Lump!Inspired by the true story, Lump (pronounced loomp

    Love the Lump!Inspired by the true story, Lump (pronounced loomp) lives in Italy with his master, photographer David (David Douglas Duncan),  and Big Dog. Lump and Big Dog are not the best of friends. In fact, Big Dog makes Lump’s life pretty so miserable, he sleeps with one eye open. He has to eat his food quickly in fear that Big Dog might take it away from him. Poor Lump! 
    One day, David has to go on assignment to photograph the famous painter, Pablo Picasso. And he takes little Lump with him. Lump is so glad to spend the day alone with his master, and away from Big Dog, he chases his tail in excitement.
    As David’s car flies along the hilly landscape to the south of France, Lump’s ears “flapped in the breeze. He was happy as a lark.”  Finally they come to the beautiful villa that belongs to the painter.  The old painter bursts through the door to greet them, and he isn’t alone.  Bounding toward him is another Big Dog. Lump stands his ground; he isn’t going to push around ever again.
    But, surprise! The big dog – his name is Yan – wants to be friends! In fact, there are many surprises in store for Lump as he explores the villa with his newfound friend. And the biggest surprise is the great painter himself. 
    “Lumpito!” Picasso calls him, and if Lump had “been a cat, he would have purred.” It’s love at first sight for both of them.
    Monica’s poetic narrative retells the story of a special friendship with sparse eloquence. Dean Griffith’s rich, vivid watercolors capture the luscious landscape, the bold personality of the painter, the soulful expression of Lumpito as he dodges Big Dog, and Lump’s sheer delight as he finds his new home. A gorgeous and rewarding tale of love, and a perfect read-aloud for a rainy – or any -- day!

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