Steptoe, Javaka Radiant Child : The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, PICTURE BOOK NON-FICTION. Little Brown and Company (Hachette), 2016. $17.99. Content: G.
Jean-Michel dreamed of being a famous artist since he was a little boy. He would spend the whole day drawing, sitting on the floor with his mother until his masterpiece was done. His mother exposed him to a lot of art - theater, music, cooking, decorating, museums. As he grew, life gave him challenges which are reflected in his art. By 17 he moved to New York and started his career, first as a graffiti artist, and eventually reached “famous artist” status with friends like Andy Warhol.
Steptoe captures the essence of Samo©’s art with murals painted on wood and other surfaces found all over the New York area. Includes a bibliography, more thorough biography, and artist’s note, plus a glossary indicating some of the symbolism Samo© used. A nice story about achieving your dream, but also good for the middle school art student as an introduction to this special artist. 2017 Caldecott Medal winner.
EL (K-3) MS - ADVISABLE Lisa Librarian