The Resource Crown : an ode to the fresh cut, Derrick Barnes ; illustrated by Gordon C. James

Crown : an ode to the fresh cut, Derrick Barnes ; illustrated by Gordon C. James

Label
Crown : an ode to the fresh cut
Title
Crown
Title remainder
an ode to the fresh cut
Statement of responsibility
Derrick Barnes ; illustrated by Gordon C. James
Creator
Contributor
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Celebrates the magnificent feeling that comes from walking out of a barber shop with newly-cut hair
Tone
Writing style
Illustration
Award
  • ALA Notable Children's Books, 2018.
  • Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award, 2018.
  • Kirkus Prize for Young Readers' Literature, 2018.
Review
  • Grades 3-6 Barnes (Ruby and the Booker Boys, 2008) playfully tells the story of a black boy getting a haircut at a barbershop. The boy comes in as a “blank canvas,” but as the haircut starts, Barnes leads the reader into all the things that might happen because of the cut, from passing a geography test, to becoming a star, and even impressing a girl. The other men in the barbershop look important and full of swagger because of their hair, and the barber knows what he’s doing and doles out shape-ups and a faux hawk with skill. Colorful images illustrate all of the patrons, including a woman. Barnes mixes fresh and sharp lines with an integral part of the African American experience: maintaining one’s hair. Illustrator James deftly uses bright colors including teal and fuchsia, and a colorful galaxy complements Barnes’ words well. The strong voice will resonate with readers, soothe any young child scared of their first cut, and give a boost of confidence to the seasoned pros. -- Gilfillian, Courtney (Reviewed 9/1/2017) (Booklist, vol 114, number 1, p11)
  • /* Starred Review */ K-Gr 3—Rhythmic text describes the feeling of a young African American boy as he gets a "fresh cut" and how a trip to the barbershop changes the way he feels about the world and in turn how the world perceives him. He might just "smash that geography exam" or "rearrange the principal's honor roll" and, of course, the cute girl in class won't be able to keep her eyes off of him. The protagonist spends time looking at black men in chairs next to him and creating vivid stories about their lives: "the dude to the left of you with a faux-hawk…looks presidential…maybe he's the CEO of a tech company." Oil paintings illustrate the intricacies of the haircuts, details in the characters' faces, along with the sense of well-being that is conveyed along the way. While a trip the barbershop is the main story line, the themes of confidence-building, self-esteem, and joy of young black boys are the important takeaways, and the illustrations jump off the page and invite readers to share in the experience. VERDICT A super fun read-aloud, this title is a recommended purchase for all picture book collections.—Kristen Todd-Wurm, Middle Country Public Library, NY --Kristen Todd-Wurm (Reviewed 09/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 9, p98)
  • /* Starred Review */ How good can a haircut make a person feel? “Magnificent. Flawless. Like royalty.” In a powerfully moving tribute to barbershop culture, Barnes (We Could Be Brothers) addresses readers directly—and it’s safe to say his audience is primarily boys of color—using hyperbole to boost their confidence and help them recognize their own value. “You came in as a lump of clay,” he writes, “a blank canvas, a slab of marble./ But when my man is done with you,/ they’ll want to post you up in a museum.” Created with thick, forceful daubs of paint, James’s luminous portraits reinforce the idea that, when a person looks this good, not even the sky is the limit. Of a man admiring the curving designs newly shaved into his head, the narrator remarks, “Maybe there’s a river named after him on Mars. He looks that important.” Pride, confidence, and joy radiate from the pages, both in the black and brown faces of men, women, boys, and girls featured in James’s majestic paintings, and in writing that celebrates human worth with every syllable. Barbers included: “Tip that man! Tip that man!” Ages 3–8. (Oct.)
			
			Correction: An earlier version of this review attributed the paintings in the book to the book's author. --Staff (Reviewed 08/28/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 35, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Safe to say, there's nothing like the feeling of the fresh cut. You feel so extra visible with a fresh new cut, and this book built from that experience translates it in a way never before brought to the children's bookshelf. Basquiat-inspired king insignias and a bit of Kehinde Wiley flair shape portraits of all the various ways men (and women too!) come into the black barbershop to restore their cool, leaving the chair with high self-esteem, self-pride, and confidence—if only for as long as their hairlines remain crisp. It's sacred. The all-important line and the diverse styles take center stage here. The Big Daddy Kane-homage flat-top. The part. The light shape-up surrounded by cornrows and locs. The taper. The classic wavy dark Caesar. Barnes' imaginative prose mirrors the hyperbole and swagger of the barbershop. No cut is just good. It will have you looking "presidential," "majestic." Like you own "a couple of acres of land on Saturn." The swagger is on a million. The sauce is drippin'. James' oil-based portraiture will send many readers reminiscing. This book oozes 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. (Picture book. 5-12)(Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2017)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10601386
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Barnes, Derrick D
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
700L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 0
  • 3
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
James, Gordon C.
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Haircutting
  • Barbershops
  • Self-confidence
  • African Americans
  • Haircutting
  • Barbershops
  • Self-confidence
  • African Americans
  • African American boys
  • Picture books
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Boys & Men
  • JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / African American
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
  • Haircutting
Target audience
primary
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an ode to the fresh cut
Label
Crown : an ode to the fresh cut, Derrick Barnes ; illustrated by Gordon C. James
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Note
"A Denene Millner Book."
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
1882129
Dimensions
29 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781572842243
Lccn
2017020743
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781572842243
  • (OCoLC)972385304
Label
Crown : an ode to the fresh cut, Derrick Barnes ; illustrated by Gordon C. James
Publication
Note
"A Denene Millner Book."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1882129
Dimensions
29 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781572842243
Lccn
2017020743
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781572842243
  • (OCoLC)972385304

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