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Big Flats Library 1 J B BASQUIAT New Juvenile NonFiction Book
Bookmobile Chemung County 1 J B BASQUIAT Juvenile NonFiction Book
Corning - Southeast Steuben County Library 1 JB BASQUIAT Juvenile Fiction Book
Cuba Circulating Library Association 1 J B BASQUIAT Juvenile NonFiction Book
Elmira - Steele Memorial Library 1 J B BASQUIAT Juvenile NonFiction Book
Hornell Public Library 1 E 920 BASQUIAT Juvenile Fiction Book
Horseheads Free Library 1 E B BASQUIAT Juvenile NonFiction Book
Montour Falls Memorial Library 1 E S Juvenile Fiction Book
Odessa - Dutton S. Peterson Memorial Library 1 J B BASQUIAT Juvenile NonFiction Book
Penn Yan Public Library 1 E BASQUIAT Juvenile Fiction Book
Watkins Glen Public Library 1 CALDECOTT B BASQUIAT Juvenile Fiction Book
Watkins Glen Public Library 2 CALDECOTT B BASQUIAT Juvenile NonFiction Book
Wellsville - David A. Howe Public Library 1 J B BASQUIAT Juvenile NonFiction Book
West Elmira Library 1 J B BASQUIAT Juvenile Paperback Non Fiction Book

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Author Notes

Javaka Steptoe received a bachelor of fine arts degree from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. He is an artist, designer, and illustrator. His debut work, In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers, received the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award. His other books include Do You Know What I'll Do? written by Charlotte Zolotow, A Pocketful of Poems written by Nikki Grimes, Rain Play written by Cynthia Cotton, Amiri and Odette: A Love Story written by Walter Dean Myers, and Hot Day on Abbott Avenue written by Karen English, which received the 2005 Jane Addams Children's Book Award. Steptoe is the author and illustrator of The Jones Family Express and Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, which received the 2017 Randolph Caldecott Medal.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Beautifully evoking his subject's exuberant, colorful, and playful art style in jostling paintings on scraps of found wood, Steptoe introduces young readers to Basquiat's childhood and early career. Born in Brooklyn, Basquiat loved art early, and with the encouragement of his similarly artistic mother, he actively pursued his dream of being a famous artist, finding creative inspiration not only at museums but also in the color and rhythm of the city around him. Basquiat's signature style sloppy, ugly, and sometimes weird, but somehow still beautiful should appeal in particular to kids who find joy in free-form scribbles, and that same spirit animates Steptoe's collage illustrations. Thickly laid paints and exploded perspectives in bright hues depict scenes from Basquiat's life and highlight some of his iconic imagery, like golden cartoon crowns, eyeballs, and vehicles scattered everywhere. There's no mention of his problems with addiction or untimely death; rather, the book closes with him achieving his dream, crown overhead and surrounded by clipped headlines about his work. A lively, engaging introduction to a one-of-a-kind artist perfect for art-loving kids.--Hunter, Sarah Copyright 2016 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this visually arresting and vibrantly narrated biography, Steptoe (In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall) charts the childhood of incandescent, ill-fated artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988). Although the book includes no work by Basquiat himself, Steptoe emulates 1980s street art by layering paint, paper scraps, paint tubes, and photos on found-wood panels. The artist, Steptoe writes, learned to see art in the "messy patchwork of the city," the "street games of little children," and the "terrible blues" of growing up. Basquiat's early influences include his Puerto Rican mother, Matilde, who encourages him with museum visits and with the textbook Gray's Anatomy. Poetry and his Haitian father's jazz records fuel his imagination, too: "His drawings are not neat or clean, nor does he color inside the lines." Basquiat's radiance was suffused with trauma, and Steptoe alludes to Matilde's mental illness and Basquiat's teenage strife ("His mother's mind is not well, and the family breaks"). Passing references to Warhol, Haring, graffiti, and Basquiat's heroin overdose appear in the afterword: "Basquiat lived an exhilarating life, but... he struggled with a drug addiction until his death." Overall, Steptoe focuses on Basquiat's meteoric rise, and readers see the artist smiling as he walks on the gritty Lower East Side. Collaged photographs picture a crowded gallery, and Steptoe concludes in the present tense: "He is now a famous artist!" Steptoe downplays tragic elements, instead celebrating Basquiat's irreverence and brilliance. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-5-A visually stunning picture book biography about modern art phenomenon Jean-Michel Basquiat. Coretta Scott King Award-winner Steptoe's vivid text and bold artwork reflect the Haitian Puerto Rican artist's collage-style paintings that rocketed him to fame in the 1980s. Back matter and an introduction to symbolism in Basquiat's work help readers appreciate the layers of Black identity and Yoruba influences at play in Steptoe's illustrations. © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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