Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing by Kay A. Haring, illustrated by Robert Neubecker

61artbrcsxl    Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing by Kay A. Haring, illustrated by Robert Neubecker. Dial, 2017. 9780525428190

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

What did you like about the book? This biography is clearly a labor of love, and is written by Keith Haring’s younger sister. She describes how drawing was always a part of Keith’s life, from early childhood at home drawing with his father, through elementary school doodling on homework and as a teenager, listening to music and drawing with materials he purchased after selling his bicycle. It is interesting to learn that Keith considered his art to be for the people, finding ways to interact with children and the public whenever he could. Neubecker’s vibrant art, created with a Mac and a pencil, uses images of Keith’s artwork, and perfectly channels the 1980’s. Keith’s iconic black and white doodles grace the endpapers. Back matter includes an author’s note, additional biographical information, and reproductions of Keith’s artwork.

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a fine biography to enjoy for inspiration or for schoolwork.

Who should buy this book? (Elementary, middle school and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Biography

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: February 23, 2017

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