Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut
by Derrick Barnes, Illustrated by Gordon C. James
- A Top 150 Children’s Book
- A 2022 Top 100 Recommended Children’s Book
- 3 Time AALBC.com Bestselling Book!
- Coretta Scott King Award Winning Book 2018
- Kirkus Prize Finalist/Winner 2018
- Newbery Medal Winner or Honor 2018
- Caldecott Medal Winner or Honor 2018
- Ezra Jack Keats Award Winning, or Honored, Book 2018
Publication Date: Oct 10, 2017
List Price: $18.95
Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
Target Age Group: Picture Book
Imprint: Agate Bolden
Publisher: Agate Publishing, Inc
Parent Company: Agate Publishing, Inc
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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, more visible, more 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 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. The fresh cuts. That’s where it all begins.
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.
- Black Hair
- Juvenile Fiction / Boys & Men
- Juvenile Fiction / People & Places / United States / African American
- Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance