Kid Artists: True Tales of Childhood from Creative Legends (Kid Legends #3)

by David Stabler (Author) Doogie Horner (Illustrator)

Kid Artists: True Tales of Childhood from Creative Legends (Kid Legends #3)
Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade
Series: Kid Legends
Hilarious childhood biographies and full-color illustrations reveal how Leonardo da Vinci, Beatrix Potter, Keith Haring, and other great artists in history coped with regular-kid problems.

Every great artist started out as a kid. Forget the awards, the sold-out museum exhibitions, and the timeless masterpieces. When the world's most celebrated artists were growing up, they had regular-kid problems just like you. Jackson Pollock's family moved constantly--he lived in eight different cities before he was sixteen years old. Georgia O'Keeffe lived in the shadow of her "perfect" older brother Francis. And Jean-Michel Basquiat triumphed over poverty to become one of the world's most influential artists. Kid Artists tells their stories and more with full-color cartoon illustrations on nearly every page. Other subjects include Claude Monet, Jacob Lawrence, Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Beatrix Potter, Yoko Ono, Dr. Seuss, Emily Carr, Keith Haring, Charles Schulz, and Louise Nevelson.

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Publishers Weekly

Stabler recounts the early lives of more than a dozen artists including Andy Warhol, Beatrix Potter, Yoko Ono, Keith Haring, and Vincent van Gogh in this companion to Kid Presidents and Kid Athletes. Throughout, he draws loose connections between the subjects' childhood experiences, whether positive or negative, and their artistic development. Ted Geisel "warned about the dangers of discrimination" in books like The Sneetches in part because of anti-German prejudice he faced during WWII; Frida Kahlo's time spent recovering from illness and injury led her to begin creating self-portraits. Memorably weird childhood moments--Jackson Pollock accidentally had part of a finger chopped off and then eaten by a rooster--are likely to stick with readers, as will Horner's impish cartoons. Ages 9-12. (Aug.)

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Review quotes

..".impressively diverse..."—Booklist

"For budding artists, here's a heartening reminder that 17 unconventional greats—not to mention all the rest—started out as children too."—Kirkus Reviews

"Memorably weird childhood moments—Jackson Pollock accidentally had part of a finger chopped off and then eaten by a rooster—are likely to stick with readers, as will Horner's impish cartoons."—Publishers Weekly

"Large type and funny color illustrations make this and other books in this series a hit with kids."—Baltimore Sun

..".an interesting, attention-holding collection of mini-biographies that any 7-to-14-year-old can enjoy for fun or for a school project."—Cape Cod Times

"As an upper elementary school teacher, it's hard to find interesting and well-written non-fiction texts for kids ages 8-12.... That's why I get SO very excited when I discover a non fiction book that is not only interesting and well-written, but perfect for this age group. Kid Artists: True Tales of Childhood From Creative Legends is one of these books."—The Caterpillar Corner

Praise for Kid Presidents:
"Just like history class, only hilarious."—Tim Federle, author of Better Nate Than Ever

"With cartoonish illustrations that will attract fans of Jeff Kinney's The Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Rachel Renée Russell's The Dork Diaries, this informative offering leaves no presidential childhood rock unturned."—School Library Journal

"Caricatures by Horner are whimsical and funny, a good match for a book that demonstrates that every president started life as a goofy, regular kid."—Booklist

Praise for Kid Athletes:
..".outstanding...Inspiring and entertaining, Kid Athletes isn't just for sports fans."—Booklist, starred review

"Even if you don't exactly love sports, this book only says a little bit about them in the actual sport, so go out and get this book because it will teach you a lot and you will enjoy it immensely."—Kidsday reporters, Newsday

"Perfect for the adolescent set, these inspiring stories mix fun and non-fiction."—Geeks of Doom

David Stabler
David Stabler is the author of several books, including Kid Scientists: True Tales of Childhood from Science Superstars. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
August 20, 2016
Kid Legends

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