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Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing with Kay (and Keith) Haring. First review, Booklist:
Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing.
Haring, Kay A. (Author) , Neubecker, Robert (Illustrator)
Feb 2017. 40 p. Dial, hardcover, $16.99. (9780525428190). 741.092.
Artist Keith Haring gained worldwide fame in the 1980s for his joyful drawings, most notably of bold,
chalk-outlined people. In this picture-book biography, Keith’s sister offers up a loving sketch of a boy so
passionate about art that he drew on any surface he could find, from canvas to buildings. This habit only
increased as an adult, and soon Keith’s work was hanging in galleries and being commissioned abroad.
What stands out, though, is Keith’s selflessness and his commitment to share art with everyone, evidenced
by his love of creating murals and drawing on the walls of subway tunnels. Neubecker’s colorful
illustrations capture the energy with which Keith lived his life, and cleverly integrate some of the artist’s
original works, which are collected at the book’s end. An author’s note offers more detailed information
on Keith’s life, touching on his death, at age 31, from AIDS, and his creation of the Keith Haring
Foundation, which helps underserved youth and those with HIV/AIDS. Always upbeat, this story is a
celebration of art and life.
— Julia Smith