The Definitive Guide to

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

Written by Derrick Barnes & illustrated by Gordon C. James
Published by Agate
1234567
5.5 / 7.0
- Bookroo Rating
Goodreads Rating - 4.4 / 5.0
$18.95
List Price
3-8
Target Age
32
Pages
Picture
Book Type
Add to list

What's This Book About

Publisher Summary

Named one of the best books of 2017 by NPR, the Huffington Post , Publishers Weekly , Kirkus Reviews , the Los Angeles Times , the Boston Globe , the Horn Book Magazine , the News & Observer , BookPage , Chicago Public Library, and more

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 an unbridled celebration of the self-esteem, confidence, and swagger boys feel when they leave the barber’s chair—a tradition that places on their heads a figurative crown, beaming with jewels, that confirms their brilliance and worth and helps them not only love and accept themselves but also take a giant step toward caring how they present themselves to the world. The fresh cuts. That’s where it all begins.

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut is a high-spirited, engaging salute to the beautiful, raw, assured humanity of black boys and how they see themselves when they approve of their reflections in the mirror.

What Kind of Book is Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

Trusted Reviews & Ratings

B is for Bookworm
Book-loving mommy-to-be! Recently enjoyed The Hobbit, Becoming, and The Marvelous Magic of Miss Mabel.
1234567
5.5 / 7.0

This is such a fun book about the confidence and self-love a new haircut can bring. I love the illustrations in this book and the overall feel that the boy’s perspective brings of feeling “fly” and “fresh” after a cut. :)

Book Lists That Include Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

Book Topics › barber shops
Children's Books About Barber Shops
Book Topics › Coretta Scott King Award Winners
Children's Books About Coretta Scott King Award Winners
Book Topics › change
Children's Books About Change
Kids Book Club
Monthly. Curated. Delivered.
Get Started
As low as $16.95 / mo

Who Wrote Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

author
Derrick Barnes

Derrick Barnes, a graduate of Jackson State University, is the author of eight books, including the popular series Ruby and the Booker Boys. He also wrote bestselling copy for Hallmark as the first African American male staff writer for the company. Barnes resides in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife and four sons.

View Author

Who Illustrated Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

What Has Derrick Barnes Said About This Book

Nothing yet! 🤷 You should let Derrick know that you want more details about Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut!

What Has Gordon C. James Said About This Book

Nothing yet! 🤷 You should let Gordon know that you want more details about Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut!

Did This Book Win Any Awards

You bet it did. Check it out below!

More Books From These Creatives

Books You Might Enjoy If You Liked Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

Book Details

ISBN:
9781572842243
Publication Date:
October 10, 2017
Library of Congress Number (LCCN):
2017020743
ASIN/ISBN 10:
1572842245
Lexile:
700L
Accelerated Reader Points:
0.5
Accelerated Reader Quiz:
194442
ATOS Book Level:
3.8
Accelerated Reader Interest Level:
LG

Contribute to this page

Core Score - 70%
Making good progress . . .
Depth Score - 15%
Just the barebones.
Improve this page
Are you the author or illustrator? Claim this page.
Top Contributors
#1
@booksnobmom
5