Book Review: Kid Artist: True Tales of Childhood

Book Review: Kid Artist: True Tales of Childhood

Kid ArtistsSummer is when young readers’ creative juices are high. It’s a time when pillow forts are mandatory, art classes abound, and reading is for pleasure. All month {pages} a bookstore is celebrating that creativity by featuring Kid Artists: True Tales of Childhood, the third collaboration of the popular non-fiction middle grade series from author David Stabler and illustrator Doogie Horner. Kids Artists like the previous titles: Kid Presidents and Kid Athletes, feature society’s standouts before they became famous adults. These political giants, Olympians, and award winning artists were kids who made mistakes, had problems, and did the wacky things kids do, just like us!

Some young readers don’t want the magical or mainstream novel; they aren’t ready for perilous situations or alternate dimensions. These readers are thrilled by how things work and seeing themselves in others. The True Tales of Childhood Series is a must try for these non-fiction fans. The latest installment, Kid Artists tells the stories of some of the world’s most celebrated artists when they were kids, with full color illustrations featuring the likes of Vincent Van Gogh, Dr. Seuss, and Leonardo Da Vinci. Did you know that Jackson Pollock’s family moved constantly, or that Louise Nevelson was teased about what she wore to school, and that Dr. Seuss’ parents let him draw pictures of zoo animals on his bedroom wall? We didn’t!

So spend a day this month building a fort, decorate it with your own personal masterpieces, and then climb inside and read about some really cool people who started out maybe just like you. Published by Quirk Books, Kids Artists is available at {pages} a bookstore on August 9th. For pre-orders and to purchase online visit

BIO: {pages} a bookstore, located in downtown Manhattan Beach, one block from the Strand is your full-service independent bookstore.  Beautifully curated with a broad selection of fiction and non-fiction best-sellers, children’s cooking, great surf section and more.  The staff is ultra friendly and knowledgeable.  Story times, book clubs, frequent author events can be found on their website.  Make it a day and walk the Strand, enjoy lunch and stop in at {pages}! For more information visit their website at or connect with them on Facebook.

Authored by: Cindy Donnelly

Cindy has worked for What's Up for Kids for over 19 years and is thrilled to take over as owner/publisher. She loves helping South Bay parents connect with resources and working with camps, schools and other businesses to get the word out about their quality programs and services for families. For marketing information you can contact her at

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