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Kid Artists: True Tales of Childhood from Creative Legends

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Kid Artists: True Tales of Childhood from Creative Legends

About the Author:

David Stabler is the kid-friendly alter ego of Robert Schnakenberg, the author of several books of pop history including Secret Lives of Great Authors, Secret Lives of the Supreme Court, and Distory: A Treasury of Historical Insults.

Doogie Horner is a writer, illustrator, and stand-up comedian. His books include 100 Ghosts and Everything Explained through Flowcharts. This is his first illustrated book for children.

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Every great artist started out as a kid. Forget the awards, the sold-out museum exhibitions, and the timeless masterpieces. When the world’s most celebrated artists were growing up, they had regular-kid problems just like you. Jackson Pollock’s family moved constantly—he lived in eight different cities before he was sixteen years old. Georgia O’Keeffe lived in the shadow of her “perfect” older brother Francis. And Jean-Michel Basquiat triumphed over poverty to become one of the world’s most influential artists. Kid Artists tells their stories and more with full-color cartoon illustrations on nearly every page. Other subjects include Claude Monet, Jacob Lawrence, Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Beatrix Potter, Yoko Ono, Dr. Seuss, Emily Carr, Keith Haring, Charles Schulz, and Louise Nevelson.


“...impressively diverse...”—Booklist

“For budding artists, here’s a heartening reminder that 17 unconventional greats—not to mention all the rest—started out as children too.”—Kirkus Reviews


“Memorably weird childhood moments—Jackson Pollock accidentally had part of a finger chopped off and then eaten by a rooster—are likely to stick with readers, as will Horner’s impish cartoons.”—Publishers Weekly


“Large type and funny color illustrations make this and other books in this series a hit with kids.”—Baltimore Sun


“…an interesting, attention-holding collection of mini-biographies that any 7-to-14-year-old can enjoy for fun or for a school project.”—Cape Cod Times

  • Hardcover
  • 208 pages
  • 5 3/4" x 8 1/2"
  • Quirk Books, 2016
  • ISBN-10: 1594748969
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594748967
  • Ages 9 and up
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