Kid Artists: True Tales of Childhood from Creative Legends (Kid Legends)

Book 2 of 6 in the Kids Series
Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 5 - 10n/a6.922207
Hilarious childhood biographies and full-color illustrations reveal how Leonardo da Vinci, Beatrix Potter, Keith Haring, and other great artists in history coped with regular-kid problems.

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.

Hardcover, 208 pages
Published on August 9, 2016 by Quirk Books
ISBN-10: 1594748969
ISBN-13: 9781594748967
17 Book Reviews
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  • ocelot
    ocelotSunday, July 10, 2016 at 1:57 pm55 stars
    First off, I'd like to say that I recommend this book to everybody, even adults. The stories of these artists in this book are quite interesting, especially facts about their childhood. This book is one of the books that you can just pick up and open to any of the chapters and just start reading, and it actually makes sense, because you don't need any of the details from before that chapter. This book is good for younger kids as well, because there are many hand-drawn pictures (some of which I found to be very funny! :). I would definitely recommend this book to anybody that like biographies, history, and anybody interested in art. Definitely 5/5 stars.
    • maddyp18
      maddyp18Friday, June 17, 2016 at 9:27 pm55 stars
      This is a great book for all kids. You don't have to love historical artists, you just have to enjoy learning about kids not unlike you. This book tells about the childhood of many famous artists. It tells you stuff that you would'nt think famous artists would have experienced, stuff that you experience every day. For example, Georgia O'Keefe lived in the shadow of her older brother, who did everything perfect. Also, did you know that Andy Warhol was one of the most celebrated pop artists of the 1960s? But, Andy Warhol had a very difficult childhood. His mother struggled to put food on the table. I love how this author made this book memorable in so many ways. It has lots of fun mixed in with true facts. The artists in this book range from quiet, nature loving Beatrix Potter, to loud, creative Dr. Seuss. I hope you enjoy this amazing book!!!
      • llpanda
        llpandaThursday, June 16, 2016 at 8:17 am55 stars
        This is an awesome book! I totally loved it! If you want to know how Charles Schulz got his start as a kid then you should definitely read this book. And that is not all,you can read about Frida Kahlo , Leonardo Da Vinci , Jean Michel Basquiat, and Andy Warhol to name a few. This book makes it really interesting to learn how it was as a kid for these artists.
        • rycraft
          rycraftThursday, June 16, 2016 at 12:36 am33 stars
          ive read this a long time ago and i dont think i remember it.
          • snicker9
            snicker9Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 10:43 am
            Kid Artists is a collection of biographies of famous artists and writers about when they were children. It is from the same series as "Kid President's" and "Kid Athletes". Each person in the book has a section about 10 pages long. The author talks about their family, some important experiences of when they were a child, and how they started in their art. I really liked learning about what these famous people were like when they were young, and what inspired them. It was a great format because it really was detailed, and was the story behind the artist. It wasn't just a list of compiled facts. It was interesting. I also liked how diverse the artists were. Some of the people include: Dr. Seuss, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Leonardo de Vinci, and Beatrix Potter just to name a few. I think this book would be good for elementary and middle school kids. It was a quick read, and is split into sections. I think it would be a good example of a interesting nonfiction read. I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.
            • penguin313
              penguin313Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 10:18 am55 stars
              This book is really interesting. If you read the Kid presidents or Kid athletes book and enjoyed it, you will like this book. It tells short stories about the childhoods of 17 illustrators, painters, sculptors, writers, graffiti artists and singers.
              • kjtennis
                kjtennisTuesday, May 24, 2016 at 5:44 pm
                I would love to read this book!