UPTOWN by Bryan Collier

UPTOWN

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Age Range: 7 - 9

KIRKUS REVIEW

Collier debuts with a set of dazzling paint-and-photo collages paired to a child’s tribute to his Harlem neighborhood. From his window the young narrator sees “Uptown” in the Metro North commuter train crawling caterpillar-like over the river; sisters in matching dresses parading to church; weekend shoppers on 125th Street; jazz; Van Der Zee photographs; playground basketball; chicken and waffles served any time of day. (“At first it seems like a weird combination, but it works.”) This complex, many-layered vibe is made almost tangible by the kaleidoscopic illustrations. For instance, the row of brownstones “…when you look at them down the block. They look like they’re made of chocolate.” Indeed, their bricks are photos of chocolate bars. Walter Dean Myers’s poem Harlem (1997), illustrated in similar style by Christopher Myers, conveys a deeper sense of the African American community’s history, but this makes an engagingly energetic once-over. (Picture book. 7-9)

Pub Date: June 1st, 2000
ISBN: 0-8050-5721-8
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Henry Holt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 2000




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