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Fabulous: A Portrait of Andy Warhol

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You might recognize him from his famous paintings of Campbell's soup cans and coke bottles. But do you know about the artist who created these images?

Any Warhol was often sick as a child but found comfort in reading comic books and most especially in drawing. From his early days in Pittsburgh in the 1930s to the height of his glory in the 1960s when he blurred the line bet
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published May 24th 2011 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Margo Tanenbaum
Jul 18, 2011 Margo Tanenbaum rated it really liked it
Bonnie Christensen's new picture book biography of the artist is an excellent introduction to this important figure in 20th century American art.

The chronological narrative provides many details on Warhol's childhood that will resonate with young readers. He grew up in a very poor family in Pittsburgh, and Andy was sensitive and artistic from the beginning. Teachers and family recognized his talent for drawing at a very early age. Christensen writes:
"Andy drew constantly. When he was supposed t
Sep 15, 2011 Tara added it
When I saw this book in our evaluation stack, I was eager to look at it. As a child, I was fascinated with Andy Warhol, his art and his circle of friends, so many of whom were prominent fixtures in the media throughout the 70s.
Christensen's book is an extremely simplified biography of Warhol. It begins with his birth in Pittsburgh PA, describes his lonely, sickly childhood and ultimate artistic success leading to widespread fame and ends in 1966 which allows the story to be told omitting such e
Sahar Azimi
This is a biographical nonfiction best for grades 3-6 because of its larger print and shorter paragraphs. It's a beautiful piece of work that depicts Andy Warhol's life with illustrations that are replicas of Warhol's paintings, as well as original works.

I am going to pair this nonfiction book with a fictional mystery chapter book called Chasing Vermeer. It is an art mystery novel about two friends that try to recover a stolen piece of artwork for the Art Institute in Chicago. After reading a b
Book 52 Bibliographic Citation:
Christensen, B. (2011). Fabulous! A portrait of Andy Warhol. New York, NY: Henry Holt and Company.

Age/Grade Level: (Ages 5–11, Grades K—5)

From Campbell’s soup cans and Marilyn Monroe to Coke bottles, Andy Warhol made his artistic mark in the American art world. Growing up with what is now thought to be either dyslexia or Aspergers syndrome, Andy moved from Pittsburgh to New York and conquered the commercial art world, blending it with fine art. As an artist
A short, but interesting look at the artists life. I know nothing about Warhol to start with, so for me it was quite informative. It's not presented as a bunch of facts though. The author did put work into trying to make it interesting for readers.
The book follows the author from his childhood onward, with short entries of text (about 2 paragraphs) talking about what was going on in his life at that time.
The illustrations are interesting - the jacket says they're reproductions of Warhols' pai
A picture book introduction for older readers into the early life of Andy Warhol. We read about the artist as a child and young adult, struggling with fitting in while flourishing in his love for art. Young Andy was not a hip and cool guy, he was shy, quiet and non-athletic. Add to this a debilitating long-term illness as a child that leaves his face disfigured with red marks, and his childhood isolation is complete. Andy finds consolation in his mother who encourages his passion for art. We cat ...more
Oct 02, 2011 Barbara rated it really liked it
Shelves: ncbla, art, picture-book
Young readers are introduced to the famous pop artist in this simplified introduction to his art and early days. The author/illustrator takes care to follow Warhol's life and entrance to the art world in chronological fashion, except for the first scene which shows him at the height of his fame and influence in 1966 New York, a scene she returns to at the end of the book. Along the way, she describes his connections to his family, his dislike for school, and his lengthy illness during which he r ...more
This book would have gotten five stars if it hadn't been my husband who told me that Andy Warhol's parents were from the eastern part of Slovakia (then Czechoslovakia). The author dropped the ball there. I clearly didn't glean that knowledge from these pages. So just because of that, it loses one star.

Some things I'd like to remember about Andy Warhol:
**He lived with his mother most of his adult life--by choice
**His father died when he was young
**In third grade, he came down with an illness tha
Dec 31, 2012 Paul rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens-lit
Christensen's recounting of Warhol's life, development as an artist and emergence as a major art and pop figure is well executed, using replicas of Warhol's paintings and style to evoke his work. (The inside front and back covers span both pages with a repeating pattern of all thirty-two of his paintings of Campbell's soup cans. It's hard to believe it's already been twenty-six years since he passed away. I wasn't a fan of his art, but it certainly is innovative and commands attention. An elemen ...more
Chelsea Cotton
Jun 10, 2014 Chelsea Cotton rated it liked it
Shelves: ed-689
Many of us, including myself, know Andy Warhol strictly by his artwork. Warhol is such an interesting person! Everything I read from this book was unknown about Warhol. Warhol would be a great artist to use as an artist study.
Amy Carr
Aug 24, 2014 Amy Carr rated it liked it
An interesting look at the artist Andy Warhol...presents a side of him that isn't readily known!
Juvenile Biography, picture book format.

Booklegger, grades 3-5 (Fall 2014)
Lauren Colton
Jun 10, 2014 Lauren Colton rated it it was amazing
A great look at the real life of Andy Warhol. This text told pieces that I had never heard before. I found this text and the way the illustrations were structured to be particularly appealing to read.
Dec 22, 2010 Reader rated it really liked it
Before Campbell's soup cans, Andy Warhol was a young boy growing up in Pittsburgh in the midst of the Great Depression. Christensen's work traces Warhol's journey in the simplest of ways, touching on the milestones of his life, ending with his brush with success in 1966. A postscript glosses over the rest of his career. Gorgeous illustrations in hazel pastels are as far from Warhol's style as his work was from mainstream in the beginning. For older elementary school students and tweens who are i ...more
Jun 27, 2011 Megan rated it really liked it
I really liked the set up of this book. It went chronologically, but each page was headed with a significant place or period in Warhol's life. It's a really great introduction to Warhol (especially to kids that have never heard of him). The back of the book has an author's note and timeline that are worth reading, as well. Would be a good read-aloud because of Warhol's struggles early in life.
I like this intro to Andy Warhol's life. Kids who think they might want to be artists could be inspired and children who want to dismiss kids who seem odd, might find something to value in their classmates.

Combining this with James Warhola's "Uncle Andy's: A Faabbbulous Visit With Andy Warhol" would help round out the family picture.
Nov 10, 2011 Shelli rated it really liked it
Good resource for 3rd graders on up looking to do their first biography report. Easy to understand information about a man who created an entirely new style of art. I did wish there had been a full glossary in the back with pictures of some of his work though.
Sharon Lawler
Sep 22, 2013 Sharon Lawler rated it really liked it
Perfect biography to introduce artist Andy Warhol, and since it has a serious tone, it would make a nice companion to James Warhola's light hearted picture book memoir, Uncle Andy's, which recounts his family's visits to the artist's home in NYC
Nov 20, 2011 Deanna rated it really liked it
A well put together picture book biography. The author re-imagines some of Warhol's work to give young readers a snapshot of his work. An accessible look at Warhol's life for young readers.
A simplistic introduction to the life and work of Andy Warhol, this picture book biography joins the growing list of books about 1060's and 1970's icons like Jimi Hendrix and Jim Henson.
Dec 20, 2011 katsok rated it really liked it
Nice introduction of Warhol for students. His artwork is present throughout and there is enough information present to get a good sense of who he was.
Deb Tyo
Sep 25, 2011 Deb Tyo rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
Easy to read and understand. Good picture book to use in biography unit. I enjoyed Warhol's art used as background on each page in the book.
Dec 31, 2011 Christina rated it liked it
Nice kid-friendly look at Andy Warhol, though it doesn't cover every aspect of his life. Illustrations are nice pop-art style homages.
Aug 03, 2011 Liz rated it liked it
Shelves: mitten
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Dec 01, 2011 Rita rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, biography
The ilustrations were fabulous, but I wish it would have added a real picture of him at the end of the book.

Katie Darrin
I love picture book biographies! This is a great introduction to Warhol and his art.
Edward Sullivan
Jun 07, 2011 Edward Sullivan rated it really liked it
A handsomely illustrated introduction to Warhol's life and work.
Jul 27, 2012 Kathy rated it really liked it
Interesting, very colorful, easy to read, I learned some new things.
Mary Lee
Good picture biography of andy warhol.
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