Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut
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 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 a celebration of the way boys feel when they leave the barber's chair.

“One of the best reads for young black boys in years, it should be in every library, media center, and, yes, barbershop.” -Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"A recommended purchase for all picture book collections." -School Library Journal

  • Written by Derrick Barnes, Illustrated by Gordon C. James / African American author and illustrator
  • Hardcover, 32 pages
  • Published October 2017
  • Ages 3 to 8
  • Award-winning book: Society of Illustrators Gold Medal, 2018 Caldecott Honor, 2018 Newberry Honor, 2018 Coretta Scott King Honor, Author & Illustrator, 2018 Ezra Jack Keats Award, Author & Illustrator