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Crown: An ode to the fresh cut
Kirkus Starred Review!
This book oozes with black cool and timely, much-needed black joy, using the unique and expansive experience of the barbershop to remind young boys that their inner lives have always mattered there. One of the best reads for young black boys in years, it should be in every library, media center, and, yes, barbershop."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review.
That's just one of the many great things Kirkus Reviews had to say in it's Starred Review of Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, a children's picture book written by Derrick Barnes, author of the popular Ruby and the Booker Boys series, and illustrated by Gordon C. James. The picture book is a rhythmic, read-aloud title, and an unbridled celebration of the self-esteem, confidence, and swagger boys feel when they leave the barber's chair--a tradition that places on their heads a figurative crown, beaming with jewels, that confirms their brilliance and worth and helps them not only love and accept themselves but also take a giant step toward caring how they present themselves to the world.
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut is a high-spirited, engaging salute to the beautiful, raw, assured humanity of black boys and how they see themselves when they approve of their reflections in the mirror.
Release Date: October 10th, 2017 (wherever books are sold)