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Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Joyous biography of artist celebrates creativity.

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This biography does a great job of portraying Haring as a joyous, passionate, bighearted artist, very relatable to quirky, artistic kids. In Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing, the story is carried along by the infectious repeated refrain "He just kept drawing," reflecting the author's experience of her soon-to-be famous brother when they were still kids. It emphasizes Haring's commitment to public work, highlighting projects that were for or involved kids, though it might have added even more depth if it had presented him more explicitly as a gay role model and touched on the savvy ways he was able to use his art in his activism.

Robert Neubecker's exuberant illustrations hit all the right notes, incorporating Haring's own art, communicating Haring's appealing presence, and conveying the energetic diversity of New York City. The book ends with an afterword and an index of art that includes the pieces he did as a kid, carrying the implicit message that kids' art is important, as worthy as work displayed in galleries.

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