Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

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 t The barbershop is where the magic happens. Boys go in as lumps of clay and, with princely robes draped around their shoul...

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Title:Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut
Author:Derrick Barnes
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Genres:Childrens
ISBN:Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:32 pages pages

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut Reviews

  • Abby Johnson
    Nov 02, 2017
    You can't help but smile when you read this book. Ebullient illustrations and text that bounces right up off the page with excitement and pride. I'm in love with this book. ...
  • Lucia
    Feb 15, 2018
    I love this ODE to the black barber. My boys complain every time we take them to the Great Clips because the women there don't "GET" their hair and how it hurts like all get out when they use their clipplers and mow through their hair like its a bad patch of crabgrass. I think it is pa...
  • Betsy
    Sep 28, 2017
    You ever wonder if a book is too good to be true? Publishers are sneaky little devils. They know just how to lure in an unsuspecting reader. Here?s an example: Let?s say you have a picture book on your hands that?s mediocre in some way. At the same time, you know how many people ...
  • Alicia
    Feb 26, 2018
    I may be a little bit biased since the author was from Kansas City however I can safely say this was an outstanding picture book. I loved it. It is joyful and empowering and a lot of fun. ...
  • David Schaafsma
    Mar 26, 2018
    My father used to take me with him when he got his hair cut, and he supervised the cutting of my hair; shorter than I wanted, sure to call attention to me I school, in a bad way. ?It?ll grow back,? my Mom would assure me through my tears. The barber would use various creams and o...
  • Donalyn
    Oct 08, 2017
    Gorgeous, lush artwork with a powerful message about dignity and empowerment. Don't miss the author's note, which describes the importance of neighborhood barbershops for boys of color. ...
  • Erin
    Feb 19, 2018
    The illustrations in this book are amazing! I love the impressionistic feel given to the urban barbershop setting. The faces look like they could talk to you. The story is great, too. It definitely portrays what a young man would feel like after getting a haircut that's more like a...
  • DaNae
    Feb 01, 2018
    My lank, mousy hair has never felt more inadequate. ...
  • Lesley
    Feb 15, 2018
    I don't usually rate picture books but this book is too fantastic to simply breeze through and put back on the shelf. The art is AMAZING. I don't get the reviewers that say that kids won't understand the slang, or the names of particular cuts/styles. Isn't that what books are for? T...
  • Marjorie Ingall
    Feb 10, 2018
    Snazzy art, lively text brimming with voice. Paints a vivid picture of the barbershop and it?s importance; love this little Black kid?s pride in looking good and love how observant he is about everything around him. Feels very ?90s, in a good way. ...
  • Alicia
    Mar 19, 2018
    The positive message and vibes is loud and clear in Barnes and James? picture book. How can you build self esteem and confidence? Sometimes it?s a haircut and all that it entails- being treated like royalty, rubbing elbows with community members, asking what you want for a change. ...
  • Josiah
    May 11, 2018
    How nice does it feel to walk out of a hair cuttery freshly barbered, your extra fluff sheared off so your scalp can breathe and your follicles relax? It's a sweet sensation whether you go weekly or once a year, a few minutes when you feel rebranded by the work of a professional hairdr...
  • Erin Kelly
    Feb 18, 2018
    Perfect for Black History Month. And also January, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December. ...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Feb 15, 2018
    Fun and fresh picture book that elementary school libraries all need. I'm debating for middle school. ...
  • Joan
    Feb 13, 2018
    This book is all about self esteem, and how that can be affected by things like haircuts for kids and youth. It reminds me of the saying I've seen the last few years: Blessed are the hair dressers for they bring out beauty in others. As others have noted, the author's afterword is ...
  • Jana
    Feb 12, 2018
    Anyone that knows the feeling of walking out of a barbershop or a beauty salon with a fresh new hairstyle will definitely be able to relate to the young man?s trip to the barber in one of 2018?s Caldecott and Newbery Honor Books. The narrator uses such wonderful descriptive detail ...
  • Ms. B
    Feb 16, 2018
    I liked it; I wish I would have loved it. Then I realized that this book might be lost on me as I cannot remember the last time I went to a styling salon, barber or beauty shop. I would love to share this one with children or students in my lives; I am curious what their thoughts would...
  • Danielle
    May 05, 2018
    Beautiful. That first page is amazing?the expression on the boy's face! I love the artwork/portraits throughout. This book is triumphant. "It's the look your English teacher gives you when she hands you your last test with a bright red 97 slapped on it. It's how your mother looks...
  • Roger Royer
    Mar 21, 2018
    This book is fun. I really appreciate the idea and concept of the book and I will have to consider what I can do about finding it a good home here because I really believe it deserves one. The story of why a new haircut can make a young man feel special is so very true. I speak from...
  • KC
    Apr 27, 2018
    No wonder this book won every award under the sun. It's beautifully crafted, the layout is gorgeous, and the story, delightful. Who doesn't like getting a new haircut?!? ...
  • Lauren
    Dec 20, 2017
    This book about the feeling of importance a preteen black boy gets from the exciting experience of a fresh haircut at the barber shop is so, so beautiful. The illustrations (oil paints, I think) are gorgeous and rich and joyful. The text is simple and meaningful and flows easily. This ...
  • Jae
    Jan 26, 2018
    Page one is my favorite. That boy looks mischievous in the best way. ...
  • Phil Jensen
    Jun 01, 2018
    It's okay. I like the writing, which reads like a long poem about the importance of feeling good about your haircut. The target audience is clearly African-American boys. For them, it's an amazing book. For anyone else, it's moderately interesting. I don't think it deserved a New...
  • Calista
    Feb 11, 2019
    I like that this is an ode to a haircut. This is about the culture of the barber shop. In big cities, a barber shop is a place to meet people, it looks like. It doesn?t seem to be the same in the salons. There is something about getting a fresh hair do that makes you feel like you ...
  • Sierra
    Oct 19, 2017
    This made me want to go get a haircut just because it penned the feeling so accurately. ...
  • Brittany Thurman
    Nov 14, 2017
    I cannot express enough how much this book is needed! ...
  • Erika
    Jan 08, 2018
    Yaaaasssss!!!! Thank you Derrick Barnes and Gordon C. James for this book. I?ve read/seen several ?hair? books for little black girls, but this is the first time I?ve seen one for boys. While I don?t have one of my own, it hits home for me in different ways. I love this book ...
  • Hannah Greendale
    Mar 14, 2018
    Delivered with suitably odic prose, Crown nods at the sense of elevated self-esteem derived from a "tight fade, high/low/bald." The illustrations are superb, but the fundamental message is superficial: A "fresh cut" will help you do better in school; make you smarter; make cute girls n...
  • M. Gaffney
    Feb 19, 2018
    This poetry is fresh! Oh my goodness, I want to read it again right now. And the artwork is beautiful! Read this book! ...
  • Abigail
    Mar 01, 2019
    A young African-American boy shares the experience of visiting the barber's shop in this beautifully-illustrated picture-book, highlighting the way that a fresh cut makes him feel. The sense of newness, the feelings of looking good, the way that his "crown" is perceived by those around...