|Keith Haring : the boy who just kept drawing|
Author: Haring, Kay
A picture book celebrating the life and art of iconic pop artist Keith Haring, as told by his sister Kay.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 3.80
Points: .5 Quiz: 187592
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 2.70
Points: 3.0 Quiz: 70680
Kirkus Reviews (-) (11/15/16)
School Library Journal (01/01/17)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/04/17)
The Hornbook (+) (00/03/17)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 11/01/2016 Artist Keith Haring gained worldwide fame in the 1980s for his joyful drawings, most notably of bold, chalk-outlined people. In this picture-book biography, Keith’s sister offers up a loving sketch of a boy so passionate about art that he drew on any surface he could find, from canvas to buildings. This habit only increased as an adult, and soon Keith’s work was hanging in galleries and being commissioned abroad. What stands out, though, is Keith’s selflessness and his commitment to share art with everyone, evidenced by his love of creating murals and drawing on the walls of subway tunnels. Neubecker’s colorful illustrations capture the energy with which Keith lived his life, and cleverly integrate some of the artist’s original works, which are collected at the book’s end. An author’s note offers more detailed information on Keith’s life, touching on his death, at age 31, from AIDS, and his creation of the Keith Haring Foundation, which helps underserved youth and those with HIV/AIDS. Always upbeat, this story is a celebration of art and life. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 01/01/2017 K-Gr 3—This artist monograph benefits from the intimate familiarity of the creators with the subject: it is written by Keith Haring's sister and illustrated by one of his colleagues from the 1980s New York City art scene. The author emphasizes Haring's early appreciation of art and his later generosity with it. The illustrations incorporate sketches made by a young Haring, and the text explores how he would go on to give many of his paintings away or create them in public places. The title offers an enlightening look at the merits of street art and how it allows those who may not ordinarily venture into a museum or gallery to experience and enjoy art. The visuals, created with a Mac computer and pencil, are inspired by the illustrator's personal photos and memories of the time period. Haring's later works, from his adult years, are included; an addendum features reproductions as well as family photos. Children will relate to young Haring's drive to pursue his calling despite naysayers. VERDICT This book will help fill contemporary art history gaps within library collections for children.—Suzanne LaPierre, Fairfax County Public Library, VA - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.