ACHUKA Book of the Day 17 Feb 2021
“The poetic text, full of imagery is perfectly matched by the warmth of the vibrant, painterly illustrations. Joyful and at times poignant this is an aspirational, motivational and moving celebration of black boyhood.” BfK 5 STAR review
“Gordon C James’s painted portraits brim with spirit and dignity. The result is a truly special book by an American author-illustrator duo at the top of their game…” GUARDIAN
“Barnes and James provide us with a range of powerful, positive names to call Black boys as they urge us to see them, to love them, and to let them live their lives as they deserve….” Horn Book
Selected by Oprah Magazine as one of its ‘essential books for discussing racism with kids’.
I am a non-stop ball of energy.
Powerful and full of light.
I am a go-getter. A difference-maker. A leader.
Step inside the mind of the confident narrator of this book! He is proud of everything that makes him who he is. He’s got big plans, and will see them through. He’s creative, adventurous, smart, funny. A good friend. A superhero. Sometimes he falls, but he always gets back up. And other times he’s afraid, because he’s often misunderstood. So, slow down, look and listen as he shows you who he really is …