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Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by [Javaka Steptoe]
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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

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. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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Praise for Radiant Child:

Winner of the 2017 Randolph Caldecott Medal
An IndieBound Bestseller
Winner of the 2017 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award
Essence Magazine Top Ten Books of the Year
NAACP Image Awards Nomination for Outstanding Literary Work in Children
Bank Street College of Education 2017 Best Children's Book of the Year
NPR Best Books of 2016
Washington Post Best Books of 2016
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2016
School Library Journal Best Books of 2016
Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2016
Horn Book Fanfare Best Books of 2016
New York Public Library 2016 Best Books for Kids
Chicago Public Library 2016 Best Books for Kids
ALA Notable Book for Children
A CCBC Best of Year Choice
A Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2017 Selection
Horn Book 2017 Summer Reading Choice
Amazon Best Book of November 2016

*"Vibrant colors and personal symbols channel the 'sloppy, ugly, and sometimes weird, but somehow still BEAUTIFUL' paintings, incorporating meticulously attributed collage elements and capturing the artist's energy and mystery. Stellar bookmarking--a riveting portrait of a young artist."―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

*"In this visually arresting and vibrantly narrated biography, Steptoe...emulates 1980s street art by layering paint, paper scraps, paint tubes, and photos on found-wood panels.... Steptoe downplays tragic elements, instead celebrating Basquiat's irreverance and brilliance."―Publishers Weekly (starred review)

*"Javaka Steptoe is the perfect person to create this book: a tour de force that will introduce an important artist to a new generation."―The Horn Book (starred review)

*"One extraordinary artist illuminates another in this textured, heartfelt picture book biography.... Pairing simple text with expressive, encompassing illustrations, this excellent title offers a new generation a fittingly powerful introduction to an artistic luminary."―School Library Journal (starred review)

* "This is a beautifully illustrated biography...[and] an excellent read aloud, especially in the art classroom."―School Library Connection (starred review)

* "A lively, engaging introduction to a one-of-a-kind artist perfect for art-loving kids.... An excellent read-aloud."―Booklist, starred review

"Vibrantly colored, humming with energy, Javaka Steptoe's paintings evoke the style of Jean-Michel Basquiat."―Virginian-Pilot

"Steptoe tells a complex story in simple child-appropriate language and illustrates it with paintings brimming with joy, sorrow and outsized inspiration."―Chicago Tribune

"Art need not be neat to be beautiful, a message underscored by this boldly beautiful bio of a 1980s phenom."―San Francisco Tribune --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B01BKSLGFS
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Illustrated edition (November 8, 2016)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ November 8, 2016
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 42199 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Not enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 40 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 492 ratings

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5.0 out of 5 stars no one else I've seen can hold the attention of a bunch of kids in a library like this author seems to
By september williams on June 14, 2018
There is really no way to describe the beauty of this "Picture Book" as it tells an immensely complex tale of an immensely complex artist -- in a way that kids can recognize themselves in this icon of a generation. The collage of visuals either follow, or lead, the complexity of Basquiat's life. For all those Baby Boomers having kids there late 40s and fifties, Javaka Steptoe's work allows your youngsters to know a part of you and history. Not to mention, no one else I've seen can hold the attention of a bunch of kids in a library like this author seems to. The Caldecott Medal was well aimed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moving Story of Jean Michael Basquait's wonderful childhood and Inspiration
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely lovely book
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