Books by Christopher Myers

JAKE MAKES A WORLD by Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts
Released: June 30, 2015

"Comprising 24 pages, the narrative closes a bit abruptly; nonetheless, this is a dynamic and creative introduction to a groundbreaking artist and an iconic collection. (biographical note, selected works, museum trustees) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Coinciding with the Museum of Modern Art's exhibition of Jacob Lawrence's Migration series, this title imagines the artist as a young teenager experiencing his own move from Philadelphia to Harlem in 1930. Read full book review >
MY PEN by Christopher Myers
Released: March 10, 2015

"Poignant, vulnerable, wise. (Picture book. 7-12)"
A boy describes everything his pen can do, from the literal to the metaphorical. Read full book review >
FIREBIRD by Misty Copeland
Released: Sept. 4, 2014

"A starscape filled with visual drama and brilliance. (author's note) (Picture book. 6-10)"
A dancer offers encouragement to those who dream of following her onto the stage. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"An exciting bragging-rights adventure on the basketball court, around and beyond planet Earth and back again. (author's note) (Picture book. 6-10)"
Two teens on a city basketball court start a game of matching each other's shots. Miss five tries and you are out! Read full book review >
WE ARE AMERICA by Walter Dean Myers
Released: May 3, 2011

"Stunning. (Picture book/poetry. 8 & up)"
The Myers team shares their heartfelt and stirring vision of an America flawed but filled with promises and dreams. Read full book review >
LOOKING LIKE ME by Walter Dean Myers
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

"This vibrant synthesis of poetry and pictures is a natural for classrooms and family sharing. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The Myerses—father and son—reunite for a poetic celebration of self that blends a sort of Whitman-esque hip-hop with '70s-vibe visuals. Read full book review >
JABBERWOCKY by Lewis Carroll
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"The choice of setting is brilliant, allowing the reader to join the artist in seeing the heroic possibilities in play. (Picture book/poetry. 5-10)"
Myers imagines an urban playground, small children playing happily until the Jabberwock arrives for an epic one-on-one basketball game with our unnamed hero. Read full book review >
JAZZ by Walter Dean Myers
Released: Sept. 30, 2006

"This offering stands as a welcome addition to the literature of jazz: In a genre all too often done poorly for children, it stands out as one of the few excellent treatments. (Picture book/poetry. 8+)"
A cycle of 15 poems and vivid, expressive paintings celebrate that most American genre of music: jazz. Read full book review >
LOVE by E.E. Cummings
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"Those who do will find their burnings and yearnings well-understood by both author and artist. (Picture book/poetry. YA)"
This perfectly gorgeous offering pairs a selection of cummings's love poetry with startling photo collages. Read full book review >
LIES by Zora Neale Hurston
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Varied type styles, textures, sizes and arrangements reflect the chorus of voices echoed here, in the vibrant, ever-changing language the artist likes to hear on street corners, hair salons and 'the right kind of eating establishments.' (Picture book. 6-10)"
"Once I seen / a man so ugly, / they threw him / in Dog River / and they could skim ugly / for six months. / You think he was ugly? / I seen a man/ so ugly, / he can go behind / a jimson weed / and hatch / monkeys." Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"Though the story is starkly realistic, there is always hope in the gifts of Jesse the artist and C. J. the musician, of schools and churches and of caring parents. (Fiction. 12+)"
Jesse and his friend C.J. are trying to come to terms with "the violence that blows through our community like the winds of winter." Read full book review >
BLUES JOURNEY by Walter Dean Myers
Released: March 15, 2003

"Children will see both replies in the pictures and in the sweet dark rhythm of the words. (Picture book. 6-11)"
A powerful union of text and image transmutes itself into a work of art—and it explains what the blues is, besides. Read full book review >
FLY! by Christopher Myers
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"It is, nevertheless, a beautiful exploration of urban friendship in unexpected places. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A lonely boy discovers a world of friendship on his apartment building's roof. Read full book review >
WINGS by Christopher Myers
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Ikarus himself. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Myers (Black Cat, 1999, etc.) comes into his own as a children's-book writer, as well as illustrator, with his second solo picture book. Read full book review >
BLACK CAT by Christopher Myers
Released: April 1, 1999

"But the text can be contradictory and obscure ('hearing the quiet language of invisible trains') or, perhaps unintentionally, terrifying ('watching children screaming in playground cages'). (Picture book. 5-9)"
Myers (Walter Dean Myers's Harlem, 1997) makes use of an idea with promise—following the trail of a black cat on its urban beat—but the result is less a hip city tour than a tortured grab at cool. Read full book review >
HARLEM by Walter Dean Myers
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Put this on the shelf next to Chris Raschka's Charlie Parker Played Be-Bop (1992) and see if anyone can sit still when the book is read aloud. (Picture book. 5+)"
A hot new artist and his distinguished father fashion a picture book with a stirring sound at its center. Read full book review >
SHADOW OF THE RED MOON by Walter Dean Myers
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Other fantasies in which verisimilitude is a low priority, such as Lois Lowry's The Giver (1993) or Gregory Maguire's I Feel Like The Morning Star (1989), compensate with passionate messages; here the lessons are buried beneath indifferent storytelling. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In a lackluster fantasy set generations after a meteorite's fall, Jon, Lin, and Kyra escape a besieged city and hope for a fresh start in their Ancient Land. Read full book review >