From School Library Journal
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 EngbergCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved