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Title:
Thirteen ways of looking at a black boy
ISBN:
9780998799940
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Publication Information:
Oklahoma City : Penny Candy Books, 2018.

©2018
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
"The poems in [this book] were first published in slightly different form under the title Ancostia suite (13 ways of looking at a black boy) in Revise the Psalm: work celebrating the writing of Gwendolyn Brooks ... (Curbside Splendor, 2017)"--Title page verso.
Contents:
Thirteen ways: an introduction -- Anacostia angel / illustrated by Floyd Cooper -- Little Mister May / illustrated by Cozbi A. Cabrera -- Images of kin / illustrated by Skip Hill -- Charmer / Tiffany McKnight -- One-way ticket / Robert Liu-Trujillo -- Lazy hazy daze / illustrated by Keith Mallett -- My soul to keep / illustrated by Shawn K. Alexander -- Do not enter / illustrated by Kesha Bruce -- Street corner prophet / illustrated by Brianna McCarthy -- Athlete's broke bus blues / illustrated by R. Gregory Christie -- Brothers gonna work it out / illustrated by Ekua Holmes -- Cat at the curb / illustrated by Javaka Steptoe -- Givin' back to the community / illustrated by Chandra Cox.
Summary:
A fresh perspective of young men of color depicting thirteen views of everyday life: young boys dressed in their Sunday best, running to catch a bus, and growing up to be teachers, and much more. Each of Tony Medina's tanka is matched with a different artist including recent Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Award recipients.
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Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy by Tony Medina offers a fresh perspective of young men of color by depicting thirteen views of everyday life: young boys dressed in their Sunday best, running to catch a bus, and growing up to be teachers, and much more. Each of Tony Medina's tanka is matched with a different artist--including recent Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Award recipients.


Author Notes

Tony Medina is a key figure in the current spoken-word poetry scene. He is the author of several collections of poems. He lives in New York City.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-5-Medina combines the tanka form with the illustrious talents of 13 artists to produce a resplendent collection of poetry dedicated to black and brown children. Drawing inspiration from the historically black neighborhood of Anacostia in Washington, DC, which is becoming more and more gentrified; Wallace Stevens's "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird"; and Raymond R. Patterson's Twenty-Six Ways of Looking at a Black Man, Medina nimbly crafts a meditation on black boyhood that emphasizes beauty and intergenerational love among family and neighbors ("Mama's little butterfly/Daddy's dimple grin so wide."). In addition to holding a mirror up to readers' multitudinous selves, the poet also offers them flashes of Anacostia and their own neighborhoods-a chance to join in the making, remembering, and sharing of legacies. The artwork is just as dazzling, from Floyd Cooper's snapshot of a family in motion to Tiffany McKnight's electric patterns to Ekua Holmes's signature collage. The volume concludes with more information about the poet, the illustrators, and the poems. VERDICT This shining title deserves a spot in all poetry collections.-Della Farrell, School Library Journal © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publisher's Weekly Review

A baker's dozen of artists-Cozbi A. Cabrera, Ekua Holmes, Javaka Steptoe, and others-contribute bold and stylistically diverse images to accompany Medina's five-line poems, which reflect the lives, dreams, and worries of male black children. Boys of varying ages appear, allowing readers to see both the unvarnished joy of early childhood and the worries that later crop up. Embraced by his parents, a well-dressed toddler grins broadly at readers in a scene drawn with characteristic warmth by Floyd Cooper ("Fly bow tie like wings/ Brown eyes of a brown angel"), but an older boy carrying a bag of groceries home radiates unease in Robert Liu-Trujillo's painting ("Payday don't pay much/ Every breath I take is taxed"). The tone of Medina's poems, however, largely remains encouraging as he emphasizes the multi- faceted nature of the black youth he honors. Ages 6-11. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

Medina riffs off several poetry titles, including Wallace Steven's Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird and Raymond R. Patterson's Twenty-Six Ways of Looking at a Black Man, to present 13 poems that introduce a group of black boys, who, he says in his notes, could be considered an endangered species. Writing in a form of poetry called tanka, Medina shows readers boys who go to church, flirt with girls, patrol the hood, and contemplate life. Each poem is illustrated by a different artist, including some of the most familiar names in children's literature for instance, Floyd Cooper and Javaka Steptoe but also illustrators just starting out. The very different artistic renderings, which range from solid to psychedelic, all catch the eye. Though short (only 31 syllables over 5 lines), the poems pack a punch and are a great introduction to reading poetry and the art of writing it. Teachers and other adults will find many ways to use this with children.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2018 Booklist