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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 870L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; Library Binding edition (November 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780810954779
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810954779
  • ASIN: 081095477X
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #677,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 5-9–Andy Warhol was a colorful figure who revolutionized how the world looks at art. Rubin's coherent and interesting narrative is filled with quotes by the artist and people who knew him. The major phases of Warhol's life and art are represented, focusing on the motivations and techniques behind his work. Excellent-quality black-and-white and full-color photographs of Warhol and his family and reproductions of his paintings and those of others who influenced him appear throughout. The text is printed on brightly colored backgrounds that match the color scheme of the surrounding pictures. Rubin does not address Warhol's filmmaking in depth or his personal life. She does include a lengthy time line, resource list, and other reference materials. Jan Greenberg and Sondra Jordan's Andy Warhol: Prince of Pop (Delacorte, 2004) delves deeper into the artist's lifestyle and personality. Rubin's title is a great choice for those looking for a relatively short, accessible introduction to a leader of the Pop Art movement.–Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT
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On pages as brightly colored and eye-popping as Warhol's work, Rubin presents a concise, picture-book biography of the artist's life, starting with lengthy coverage of his Pittsburgh youth. Rubin targets a young audience in her coverage, focusing on Warhol's artworks rather than his film career and adult personal life. In clear, straightforward language, she draws connections between the artist's inspirations and his art, supporting the information with numerous quotes, including many from Warhol's nephew James Warhola, the author of the picture book Uncle Andy's (2003). An extended time line further fills in the story, and a glossary offers accessible definitions. The design, featuring excellent reproductions of Warhol's work on nearly every page, makes this an even more appealing introduction to the icon. Source notes for direct quotes and a bibliography are appended. For older readers, suggest Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan's Andy Warhol: Prince of Pop (2004). For more picture-book artist's biographies, see Core Collection: "Short Takes on Creative Lives" on p.64. Gillian Engberg
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on October 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The construction of your average everyday children's book biography is a complex proposition. You have to examine your biographical subject and determine their kid-friendly appeal. If, for example, you are doing a biography of an obscure Pope of limited charm, you may wish to reconsider the task at hand. If, on the other hand, your subject is the infinitely amusing, not to say fascinating, Andy Warhol then you may have better luck. Next, this may shock you, but not all children are the same age. What age group are you writing for? It sounds backwards, but it's sometimes more difficult to write for younger rather than older children. Author Susan Goldman Rubin, however, has taken the challenge and has fashioned a book that someone under the age of 11 might find of interest. Finally, your pictures. With very few exceptions, young kids are not going to pay your book a whole lot of mind unless you find some cool and colorful photos/art with which to spot your book. In this sense, Ms. Rubin has not been entirely fulfilling. And so, "Andy Warhol: Pop Art Painter" is a great read and will certainly have young `uns grabbing for it, but it could have been a bit more forthcoming with the pretty pretty pictures of his work. Just my two cents.

He was born Ondrej Warhola in 1928 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Slovakian parents. Never the most athletic of children (at age eight he came down with rheumatic fever), Andy loved comics, paper dolls, and coloring books. Once well, he started going to art classes and it was clear he had found his calling. Readers watch as Andy goes to school, moves to New York, and starts drawing shoes for Glamour magazine. Real pop art was soon to follow as Andy challenged what made something important and worthy of consideration.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Andy Warhol took ordinary objects from daily life and transformed them into big paintings and art, becoming known as a leader of the American Pop art movement. ANDY WARHOL: POP ARTIST surveys his career as a commercial artist and his perspective on painting, and is a perfect pick for kids in grades 4-6 who are receiving introductions to modern artists. Bright color photos of his art accompany clear explanations of his style and approach.
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This is an informative and interesting look into the life of avant-garde Pop Artist Andy Warhol. The layout it done well and the information focuses on Andy’s youth to iconic status, the photographs, art and quotes are beautifully displayed on bright bold colorful pages.
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