Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Uncle Andy's: A Faabbbulous Visit with Andy Warhol

Author: James Warhola

First line: Looking back at those days, the thing I remember most is thinking my dad had the best darn job in the world.

Why you should read this book: Jamie’s uncle is the famous and unusual pop artist Andy Warhol and he, along with his parents and six siblings, loves visiting his uncle and his Bubba in New York City. With exuberant prose and illustrations, he creates both the world of his father (a junkman) along with Uncle Andy’s world (a six-story apartment building crammed full of found and created art), neither of whom are capable of throwing anything away. A nice story about family, the definition of art, and a child’s perspective on the world, with the added bonus of an illustration depicting an early-morning Warhol without his trademark wig.

Why you shouldn’t read this book: You don’t “get” modern art.

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