They tell me to “fix” my hair.
And by fix, they mean straighten, they mean whiten;
but how do you fix this shipwrecked
history of hair?
In her most famous spoken-word poem, author of the Pura Belpré-winning novel-in-verse The Poet X Elizabeth Acevedo embraces all the complexities of Black hair and Afro-Latinidad–the history, pain, pride, and powerful love of that inheritance.
Paired with full-color illustrations by artist Andrea Pippins in a format that will appeal to fans of Mahogany L. Browne’s Black Girl Magic or Jason Reynolds’s For Everyone, this poem can now be read in a vibrant package, making it the ideal gift, treasure, or inspiration for readers of any age.
Title : Inheritance
Author : Elizabeth Acevedo
Format : eBook (overdrive)
Page Count : 48
Genre : poetry / picture book
Publisher : Quill Tree Books
Release Date : May 3, 2022
Reviewer : Hollis
Rating : unrated
Hollis’ unrated star review
I am not rating this due to the length (it’s short! and to mirror that this review will be, too) and also because it’s poetry and that’s almost on par with non-fiction for me. Having said that I wanted to boost this onto the blog because the illustrations are gorgeous and I think a lot of readers will appreciate this. Also, love the pun with the title.
Definitely check it out if you can!
In a world built for Perfect Pets, Barnabus is a Failed Project, half mouse, half elephant, kept out of sight until his dreams of freedom lead him and his misfit friends on a perilous adventure. A stunning picture book from international bestsellers The Fan Brothers, joined by their brother Devin Fan.
Deep underground beneath Perfect Pets, where children can buy genetically engineered “perfect” creatures, there is a secret lab. Barnabus and his friends live in this lab, but none of them is perfect. They are all Failed Projects. Barnabus has never been outside his tiny bell jar, yet he dreams of one day seeing the world above ground that his pal Pip the cockroach has told him about: a world with green hills and trees, and buildings that reach all the way to the sky, lit with their own stars. But Barnabus may have to reach the outside world sooner than he thought, because the Green Rubber Suits are about to recycle all Failed Projects . . . and Barnabus doesn’t want to be made into a fluffier pet with bigger eyes. He just wants to be himself. So he decides it’s time for he and the others to escape. With his little trunk and a lot of cooperation and courage, Barnabus sets out to find freedom — and a place where he and his friends can finally be accepted for who they are.
This suspenseful, poignant and magical story about following your dreams and finding where you truly belong will draw readers into a surreal, lushly detailed world in which perfection really means being true to yourself and your friends.
Title : The Barnabus Project
Author : The Fan Brothers
Format : eBook
Page Count : 72
Genre : picture books / fantasy / children
Publisher : Tundra Books
Release Date : September 1, 2021
Reviewer : Hollis
Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★
Hollis’ 4 star review
I’m rating this a four solely from my, obviously, non-child perspective. As an adult I absolutely loved this story about imperfectness and the importance of being yourself, no matter what the world around you tells you.
I agree with some other reviews that maybe this is perhaps a shade darker than what is expected, or wanted, of children’s books so maybe this would be for the older range of younger children (I don’t even know what the age range is for this one, to be fair). But I think it’s still an important message; even if the way it’s delivered isn’t the standard happily ever after. It is also a little rushed near the end and I think an extra few pages to flesh things out a bit would’ve been helpful. Will kids notice though? Likely not.
Also, the art? Absolutely stunning. So creative, colourful, and the perspectives were delightful.
This is definitely a contender for my nieces when they get a little older.