Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (2020)

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut Derrick Barnes Gordon C. James Crown An Ode to the Fresh Cut The barbershop is where the magic happens Boys go in as lumps of clay and with princely robes draped around their shoulders a dab of cool shaving cream on their foreheads and a slow steady cut th
  • Title: Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut
  • Author: Derrick Barnes Gordon C. James
  • ISBN: 9781572842243
  • Page: 347
  • Format: Hardcover
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut Derrick Barnes Gordon C. James The barbershop is where the magic happens Boys go in as lumps of clay and, with princely robes draped around their shoulders, a dab of cool shaving cream on their foreheads, and a slow, steady cut, they become royalty That crisp yet subtle line makes boys sharper, visible, aware of every great thing that could happen to them when they look good lesser grades tThe barbershop is where the magic happens Boys go in as lumps of clay and, with princely robes draped around their shoulders, a dab of cool shaving cream on their foreheads, and a slow, steady cut, they become royalty That crisp yet subtle line makes boys sharper, visible, aware of every great thing that could happen to them when they look good lesser grades turn into As girls take notice even a mother s hug gets a little tighter Everyone notices.A fresh cut makes boys fly.This rhythmic, read aloud title is a celebration of the way boys feel when they leave the barber s chair.
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut Derrick Barnes Gordon C. James

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  1. Betsy

    You ever wonder if a book is too good to be true Publishers are sneaky little devils They know just how to lure in an unsuspecting reader Here s an example Let s say you have a picture book on your hands that s mediocre in some way At the same time, you know how many people purchase books based on book covers alone So really, all you have to do is to take the most interesting image in your book and put it on the cover Problem solved In fact, so many publishers do this or turn the image into a po [...]

  2. Donalyn

    Gorgeous, lush artwork with a powerful message about dignity and empowerment Don t miss the author s note, which describes the importance of neighborhood barbershops for boys of color.

  3. Joan

    This book is all about self esteem, and how that can be affected by things like haircuts for kids and youth It reminds me of the saying I ve seen the last few years Blessed are the hair dressers for they bring out beauty in others As others have noted, the author s afterword is essential to understanding the need for this book My first reaction was a haircut Why of all subjects would this qualify for both a Newbery and Caldecott honor award To be honest, I didn t really get it until I read the a [...]

  4. Abby Johnson

    You can t help but smile when you read this book Ebullient illustrations and text that bounces right up off the page with excitement and pride I m in love with this book.

  5. M. Gaffney

    This poetry is fresh Oh my goodness, I want to read it again right now And the artwork is beautiful Read this book

  6. Ms. Yingling

    Fun and fresh picture book that elementary school libraries all need I m debating for middle school.

  7. Erin Kelly

    Perfect for Black History Month And also January, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December.

  8. Erika

    Yaaaasssss Thank you Derrick Barnes and Gordon C James for this book I ve read seen several hair books for little black girls, but this is the first time I ve seen one for boys While I don t have one of my own, it hits home for me in different ways I love this book and the pride and strut of the young boy who eludes confidence when he gets that fresh cut This book was needed and as usual, I m sharing with the masses.

  9. Lucia

    I love this ODE to the black barber My boys complain every time we take them to the Great Clips because the women there don t GET their hair and how it hurts like all get out when they use their clipplers and mow through their hair like its a bad patch of crabgrass I think it is past time to take them to get their hair cut where they will at least be sort of kind to that head.This book has great illustrations, vibrant colors that make you feel what s going on And the narrator s words are wonderf [...]

  10. Lesley

    I don t usually rate picture books but this book is too fantastic to simply breeze through and put back on the shelf The art is AMAZING.I don t get the reviewers that say that kids won t understand the slang, or the names of particular cuts styles Isn t that what books are for To learn something new Do you not get picture books that talk about nebula, or use big words, because kids won t understand them

  11. Lauren

    This book about the feeling of importance a preteen black boy gets from the exciting experience of a fresh haircut at the barber shop is so, so beautiful The illustrations oil paints, I think are gorgeous and rich and joyful The text is simple and meaningful and flows easily This would be a great readaloud for older kids The illustrations definitely deserve the large picture book format, and I love that it is a short, sweet book with older kids as the target range However, picture books for olde [...]

  12. Erin

    The illustrations in this book are amazing I love the impressionistic feel given to the urban barbershop setting The faces look like they could talk to you The story is great, too It definitely portrays what a young man would feel like after getting a haircut that s like a work of art Good for preschool or older kid storytimes.

  13. Jillian

    Exactly what it says an ODE to a fresh haircut, making something I take for granted or an annoyance, really into an EXPERIENCE that changes your whole character, just like that Fantastic illustrations, and a lyrical text that makes me want to go and get a real haircut

  14. Katie Lawrence

    This is an awesome book Gorgeous illustrations, masterful text, really well crafted and powerful I m not surprised in the least that it took Newbery Honor, Caldecott Honor, and Coretta Scott King Author Illustrator Honors too.

  15. Liza Wiemer

    A spectacular picture book The paintings are gorgeous, taking us into the world of what one boy experiences and feels when he gets his hair cut Bright, beautiful, and full of smiles and pride Highly recommend

  16. Marjorie Ingall

    Snazzy art, lively text brimming with voice Paints a vivid picture of the barbershop and it s importance love this little Black kid s pride in looking good and love how observant he is about everything around him Feels very 90s, in a good way.

  17. Alicia

    I may be a little bit biased since the author was from Kansas City however I can safely say this was an outstanding picture book I loved it It is joyful and empowering and a lot of fun.

  18. Elisabeth

    This was so good I got chills reading it It leaves you with that fluttery self empowerment feel, like you could do anything, and really Isn t that a fabulous thing for a picture book to do Don t skip the author s note at the end because it is equally brilliant.

  19. June

    A picture book that celebrates going to the barber and getting a great haircut Loved the illustrations, dimple, smiles and various haircuts.

  20. Baby Bookworm

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm Visit us for new picture books reviews daily Hello, friends As we ve mentioned, we like to take time in February to highlight stories that celebrate black luminaries, history, and culture, so where better to start than this year s Ezra Jack Keats Award winner for writing Crown An Ode To The Fresh Cut, written by Derrick Barnes and illustrated by Gordon C James, is a stylish and empowering book that pays homage to black boys and men, and th [...]

  21. Becky

    First sentence When it s your turn in the chair, you stand at attention and forget about who you were when you walked through that door You came in as a lump of clay, 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 Premise plot A young boy a man in the making talks about the pride and happiness he feels every time he walks into and out of a barber shop My thoughts This past Monday, Crown got a lot of love on awards day How much love A Co [...]

  22. Kelly Buchanan

    Beautiful This book, which recently won itself both Newbery and Caldecott honors, if you care about those sorts of things, is completely unique and gorgeous Barnes s poetic text describes a young black boy feeling like a king while getting the royal treatment at his neighborhood barbershop It is a celebration of this aspect of black culture, while James s lavishly free illustrations cover every inch of each page in glorious color and swirls of paint As Barnes states in his author s note, Crown A [...]

  23. Heather Love

    With lush illustrations and vibrant, joyful text, this book is a delight to read What I loved most was how the text perfectly captured the exuberance of a young boy who relished the barbershop experience it felt as if those perfect illustrations of a proud, delightful boy getting his fresh cut really was speaking the words written The author, according to the afterward, based the book on his own experiences as an 11 year old going in weekly for his fresh cut from the barber, and he has done a fa [...]

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