A heartfelt sermon, but useful only as a supplement.

LOVE WILL SEE YOU THROUGH

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.'S SIX GUIDING BELIEFS

Lessons for life presented by Dr. King’s niece.

Watkins defines the “six guiding beliefs” of the subtitle by describing six events from the civil rights movement in which Dr. King was steadfastly governed by his faith in “love and nonviolence.” The first precept, “Have Courage,” was demonstrated during the Montgomery Bus Boycott when his home was bombed. “Love Your Enemies” is the message of a Sunday morning sermon. “Fight the Problem, Not the Person Who Caused It” is exemplified by the letters written during his imprisonment in Birmingham. The 1965 voter-registration drive in Selma, Alabama, illustrates the belief that “When Innocent People Are Hurt, Others are Inspired to Help.” “Resist Violence of any Kind” refers to a 1966 incident in Chicago when Dr. King was hit in the head by a rock. And finally, “The Universe Honors Love” is seen in the tributes bestowed after his assassination. King is always referred to as “Uncle Martin” in this very personal homage. No references or sources are provided, and beyond a mention of President Lyndon Johnson’s signing of the Voting Rights Bill of 1965, there is no indication that anyone else was involved in the struggle. Comport’s double-page mixed-media collage and digital illustrations are strong and more effective than the text in conveying the measure of the man.

A heartfelt sermon, but useful only as a supplement. (Informational picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: Dec. 30, 2014

ISBN: 978-1-4169-8693-5

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: Oct. 15, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 2014

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The dynamic interaction between the characters invites readers to take risks, push boundaries, and have a little unscripted...

CLAYMATES

Reinvention is the name of the game for two blobs of clay.

A blue-eyed gray blob and a brown-eyed brown blob sit side by side, unsure as to what’s going to happen next. The gray anticipates an adventure, while the brown appears apprehensive. A pair of hands descends, and soon, amid a flurry of squishing and prodding and poking and sculpting, a handsome gray wolf and a stately brown owl emerge. The hands disappear, leaving the friends to their own devices. The owl is pleased, but the wolf convinces it that the best is yet to come. An ear pulled here and an extra eye placed there, and before you can shake a carving stick, a spurt of frenetic self-exploration—expressed as a tangled black scribble—reveals a succession of smug hybrid beasts. After all, the opportunity to become a “pig-e-phant” doesn’t come around every day. But the sound of approaching footsteps panics the pair of Picassos. How are they going to “fix [them]selves” on time? Soon a hippopotamus and peacock are staring bug-eyed at a returning pair of astonished hands. The creative naiveté of the “clay mates” is perfectly captured by Petty’s feisty, spot-on dialogue: “This was your idea…and it was a BAD one.” Eldridge’s endearing sculpted images are photographed against the stark white background of an artist’s work table to great effect.

The dynamic interaction between the characters invites readers to take risks, push boundaries, and have a little unscripted fun of their own . (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: June 20, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-316-30311-8

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Little, Brown

Review Posted Online: March 29, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2017

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The message is worthy, but this phoned-in follow-up doesn’t add anything significant.

THE WORLD NEEDS MORE PURPLE SCHOOLS

From the My Purple World series

A color-themed vision of what school should be like.

In what amounts to a rehash of The World Needs More Purple People (2020), Bell and Hart address adult as well as young readers to explain what “curious and kind you” can do to make school, or for that matter the universe, a better place. Again culminating in the vague but familiar “JUST. BE. YOU!” the program remains much the same—including asking questions both “universe-sized” (“Could you make a burrito larger than a garbage truck?”) and “smaller, people-sized” (i.e., personal), working hard to learn and make things, offering praise and encouragement, speaking up and out, laughing together, and listening to others. In the illustrations, light-skinned, blond-haired narrator Penny poses amid a busy, open-mouthed, diverse cast that includes a child wearing a hijab and one who uses a wheelchair. Wiseman opts to show fewer grown-ups here, but the children are the same as in the earlier book, and a scene showing two figures blowing chocolate milk out of their noses essentially recycles a visual joke from the previous outing. (This book was reviewed digitally.)

The message is worthy, but this phoned-in follow-up doesn’t add anything significant. (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: June 21, 2022

ISBN: 978-0-593-43490-1

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Random House

Review Posted Online: April 27, 2022

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2022

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