Books by Alix Delinois

Released: May 16, 2017

"A much-needed window and mirror of immigrant experience for young readers. (Picture book 4-7)"
In this loving tale of family migration and making home anew, young Roy's embrace of Bob Marley gives him comfort on his first day of school after the family moves to Canada. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2014

"A life devoted to freedom and dignity, worthy of praise and remembrance. (author's note, selected bibliography, further reading) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
With the words of Massachusetts colonial rebels ringing in her ears, a slave determines to win her freedom. Read full book review >
EIGHT DAYS by Edwidge Danticat
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

Composed in the wake of the devastating earthquake of January 2010, this inspired child's-eye view will leave no reader or listener unmoved. Asked whether he was sad or afraid during the eight days he was buried in rubble, a young victim explains how he survived: "In my mind, I played," with kites and marbles on the first day, games of hide-and-seek on the second, at home or in school or out in the fields on other days—with his friend Oscar who was buried with him but who on the fifth day "…never woke up. That was the day I cried"—and also with his parents and little sister who, thankfully, were there to greet him when he was rescued: "I tell you, I hugged them so tight I thought I would never let go." Using rich acrylics and thick brushwork, Delinois (Haiti-born, like the author) creates active, emotionally charged playscapes from which the narrator often looks up gravely, making steady eye contact with viewers as if to say: I am strong enough for this. Danticat closes this powerful, affirmative statement with an eloquent author's note. Whew! (Picture book. 7-11)Read full book review >
MUHAMMAD ALI by Walter Dean Myers
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

Muhammad Ali's life story is interwoven with significant historical events of the latter half of the 20th century—the American civil-rights movement, the war in Vietnam and the growth of the Nation of Islam—and Myers shows how he used his star status to make the case for the rights of African-Americans, conscientious objection and religious freedom as well as boosting his own athleticism. Delinois's emotive style packs a prismatic punch of its own. Bold brushstrokes create scenes and are overlaid and outlined with frenetic multi-hued pencil lines in a style reminiscent of Leonard Jenkins's. The total effect is energetic and disorienting, getting to the raw emotional impact of victory, loss, confrontation and peace. Myers's prose account of Cassius Clay's metamorphosis into the world heavyweight boxing champion is enlivened by (unsourced) quotations from friends, family and The Greatest himself, but it suffers from awkward transitions and occasionally incomplete contextualization for the audience. Despite its arresting visuals, it does not replace other such treatments as Jim Haskins's Champion, illustrated by Eric Velasquez (2002), or Tonya Bolden's The Champ, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie (2004). (Picture book/biography. 5-8)Read full book review >