Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

By Derrick Barnes
Illustrated by Gordon C. James

A young boy's trip to the barber shop is a joyful celebration of confidence and self-esteem.

The barber shop is where 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, aware of every great thing that could happen to them when they look good. Their grades improve, they get noticed, they feel good about themselves. 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. It's a tradition that places a figurative crown on their heads that perfectly confirms their brilliance and worth.

  • The perfect addition to the Walker list of diverse books.
  • First published in the US, Crown has garnered such presitigious awards as the Newbery Honor, Caldecott Honor, Coretta Scott King Author and Illustrator honors, Ezra Jack Keats New Writer and New Illustrator honors, winner of the Kirkus Prize for Young Readers.
  • "This book oozes with black cool and timely, much-needed black joy" – Kirkus Reviews, starred review

About the author

Derrick Barnes, a graduate of Jackson State University, Mississippi, USA, is the author of eight books, including the popular US series Ruby and the Booker Boys. He also wrote best-selling copy for Hallmark as the first African American male staff writer for the company. Derrick Barnes lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife and four sons.

About the illustrator

Gordon C. James, a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City,is an award-winning fine artist specializing in figurative drawing. He is the illustrator of the Scraps of Time children's book series. He has worked for Hallmark as an illustrator and artist and has taught at the University of North Carolina. Gordon C. James lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.

ISBN: 9781529504040
Imprint: Walker
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Paperback
Release Date: May 4, 2022
Dimensions: 216 x 280mm, 32pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $16.99
New Zealand RRP: $18.99
Stock Level: Not Yet Published

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