Treat yourself to an immersion in the community feeling and sense of self-worth that shine throughout this gorgeous book. It’s difficult to choose, but I think my favorite pages might be the second-to-last about tipping the barber. This picture book has earned many crowns:
Winner of the 2018 Kirkus Prize for Young Readers
A Newbery Honor Book
A Caldecott Honor Book
A Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book
A Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book
An Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award Book
An Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Honor Book
A Society of Illustrators Gold Medal Book.
Rightly so. Text and illustrations combine in a celebration Black boys and Black men tied to the specifics of a new haircut but perfect to enjoy even if your regular barber isn’t open yet so your cut is far from fresh. Readers of all ages, genders, and races will experience joy and admiration on every page.
–Tegan Tigani, Queen Anne Book Company