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Story Time with Derrick Barnes and Gordon James

Derrick Barnes and Gordon James comprise the author/illustrator duo behind Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut. Join them for an extra special story time and signing at Main Street Books!

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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, which was nominated for the Newbery Medal, Caldecott Medal, Coretta Scott King Award, and Ezra Jack Keats Award, is a celebration of the way boys feel when they leave the barber's chair.