Crown : an ode to the fresh cut by Barnes, Derrick (#1326DJ7)


Crown : an ode to the fresh cut

by Barnes, Derrick; illustrated by James, Gordon C.
Hardcover Bolden, an Agate imprint, 2017


From the Publisher
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 Named one of the best books of 2017 by NPR, the Huffington Post, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, the Horn Book Magazine, the News & Observer, BookPage, Chicago Public Library, and more 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.
Reviews & Awards
  • Booklist, 09/01/17
  • Caldecott Honor, 2018
  • Christian Library Journal, 04/01/18
  • Coretta Scott King Author Honor, 2018
  • Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, 2018
  • Horn Book Guide starred, 04/01/18
  • Horn Book Magazine starred, 11/01/17
  • Kirkus Reviews starred, 08/15/17
  • Newbery Honor, 2018
  • Publishers Weekly starred, 08/28/17
  • School Library Journal starred, 09/01/17
Product Details
  • Publisher: Bolden, an Agate imprint
  • Publication Date: October 10, 2017
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Dewey: -E-
  • Classifications: Fiction, Easy
  • Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
  • Tracings: James, Gordon C., illustrator.
  • ISBN-10: 1-57284-224-5
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-57284-224-3
  • LCCN: 2017-020743
  • Follett Number: 1326DJ7
  • Interest Level: K-3
  • Reading Level: 3.3
  • ATOS Book Level: 3.8
  • AR Interest Level: LG
  • AR Points: .5
  • AR Quiz: 194442EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 4.3
  • Reading Counts Points: 3
  • Lexile: 700L