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  1. Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
    Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
    Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
    Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
    Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
    Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
    Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
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  2. Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

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    Price R378.00

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Winner of the 2017 Randolph Caldecott Medal
Winner of the 2017 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award
An IndieBound Bestseller

Somewhere in Brooklyn, a little boy dreams of being a famous artist, not knowing that one day he would make himself a king.

Jean-Michael Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocketed to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art world had ever seen. But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games and in the words that we speak, and in the pulsing energy of New York City. Now, award-winning illustrator Javaka Steptoe's vivid text and bold artwork echoing Basquiat's own introduce young readers to the powerful message that art doesn't always have to be neat or clean--and definitely not inside the lines--to be beautiful.

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Javaka Steptoe
First Edition
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

This book has received rave reviews and is on the "year's best" list for every major publication. It's a shoe-in for a Caldecott Award and many more. If you haven't yet bought it for a child you know, you need to. The text reaches from the author's heart to your child's. It's bound to be a classic.
True Story: I’m working the children’s reference desk of the Children’s Room at 42nd Street of New York Public Library a couple years ago and a family walks in. They go off to read some books and eventually the younger son, I’d say around four years of age, approaches my desk. He walks right up to me, looks me dead in the eye, and says, “I want all your Javaka Steptoe books.” Essentially this child was a living embodiment of my greatest dream for mankind. I wish every single kid in America followed that little boy's lead. Walk up to your nearest children’s librarian and insist on a full fledged heaping helping of Javaka. Why? Well aside from the fact that he’s essentially children’s book royalty (his father was the groundbreaking African-American picture book author/illustrator John Steptoe) he’s one of the most impressive / too-little-known artists working today. But that little boy knew him and if his latest picture book... Read more
This is a good book but I am so disappointed because I thought this was going to be a great book. I love reading picture books featuring amazing illustrations with my girls and I especially love if the book is a biography about an artist. The art in this book is good but not best-of-the year, makes-you-stare-at-each-page good but rather just good, better than most but not the best. I also was disappointed with the story. We did not know much about Jean-Michel Basquiat and unfortunately I still do not feel like I know much about him except that he always wanted to be an artist, was in a severe car accident as a child, and his mother was hospitalized with a mental disorder. That's it really. I still do not feel like I know much about his art. Maybe this book suffered from the expectations I had when we opened it. This is not a horrible book and definitely worth reading but somehow I would have just liked more. I am rounding up to 4 stars.
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