Search Results: "Javaka Steptoe"


BOOK REVIEW

RADIANT CHILD by Javaka Steptoe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Stellar bookmaking—a riveting portrait of a young artist. (author's note, bibliography, biography) (Picture book/biography. 6-12)"
Steptoe chronicles the formative years and evolving style of Jean-Michel Basquiat, a Brooklyn-born graffiti artist with a rising career in the 1980s fine arts world; coverage ceases before his untimely drug-related death at age 27. Read full book review >

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THE JONES FAMILY EXPRESS by Javaka Steptoe
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2003

"A promising new direction for Steptoe. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Steptoe makes his authorial debut in this engaging story about a boy's special relationship with his aunt. Read full book review >

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WHAT'S SPECIAL ABOUT ME, MAMA? by Kristina Evans
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 18, 2011

"Like Mama Do You Love Me and Guess How Much I Love You but with an entirely fresh look; little ones will want to hear this sweet tale again and again. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A small boy asks his mother for reassurances that he is special. Read full book review >

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RAIN PLAY by Cynthia Cotten
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2008

"The stream of rainy-day tales never seems to abate, but this stands out as one of the simplest, both in language and feeling. (Picture book. 4-6)"
The children in Steptoe's crumpled-tissue collages don't leave the playground when the sky darkens or the rain starts coming down more and more heavily—but come a FLASH! and a BOOM!, it's "Uh-oh. / Time to go. / Hurry, hurry, / scoot and scurry." Read full book review >

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DO YOU KNOW WHAT I’LL DO? by Charlotte Zolotow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 2000

"And it ends, properly, with a hug. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A big sister lovingly promises to bring her little brother flowers when flowers grow again, a shell to hold the sound of the sea, a bottle of captured wind to open on a hot day, and other treasures, some more emotional than concrete as in, "I'll remember my dreams and tell them to you." Read full book review >

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HOT DAY ON ABBOTT AVENUE by Karen English
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 24, 2004

"So good!' (Picture book. 5-8)"
It's a hot day—it's also a "best-friend-breakup day." Read full book review >

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JIMI by Gary Golio
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2010

"Outstanding in every way. (biographical note, author's note, websites, illustrator's note, bibliography, discography) (Picture book/biography. 6-11)"
Golio examines Jimi Hendrix's childhood creativity as a nurtured progression that stoked an explosively influential expression in the '60s. Read full book review >

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AMIRI & ODETTE by Walter Dean Myers
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"His Odette is truly luminous. (Picture book/poetry. 12 & up)"
The acclaimed author uproots the 19th-century classical ballet Swan Lake from its enchanted world of mist-filled lakes and palaces and plunks it solidly down into the dark, danger-filled Swan Lake Projects. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Brief biographies of the contributors appear in the back of this inventive, evocative book. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Steptoe (son of the late John Steptoe) creates art for 13 poems that honor fathers, e.g., Sonia Sanchez's ``I have looked into/my father's eyes and seen an/african sunset.'' Among others who have contributed to the volume are Folami Abiade (with the title poem), Lenard D. Moore, Dakari Hru, and Dinah Johnson. Read full book review >

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BEST BOOKS OF 2016: JAVAKA STEPTOE
by Megan Labrise

“Radiant, wild, a genius child” are just some of the words people use to describe Jean-Michel Basquiat.

“There’s this narrative where people speak about Basquiat—he’s primitive, he’s a wild child,” says Javaka Steptoe, the author and illustrator of Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.

But that narrative belies the intention behind the postmodernist painter’s bold, brilliant ...


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FINDING BASQUIAT'S HUMANITY WITH JAVAKA STEPTOE
by Julie Danielson

The year 2016 has been a long and arduous one for many, so somehow it seems like an eternity ago to recall Spring, when I rounded up here at Kirkus some of Fall 2016’s best picture books, ones that I thought would make a splash when their time came. One of them was Radiant Child, Javaka Steptoe’s biography of the ...


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