Sunday, January 29, 2017

Radiant Child by Java Steptoe - ADVISABLE

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

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