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Review of The Undefeated

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander; illus. by Kadir Nelson Primary, Intermediate, Middle School     Versify/Houghton     40 pp.    g 4/19     978-1-328-78096-6     $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-358-05761-1     $12.99 Alexander and Nelson honor the achievements, courage, and perseverance of ordinary black people as well as prominent black artists, athletes, and activists. The free-verse poem begins: “This is for the unforgettable. / […]

Five questions for Raúl the Third

There’s so much to see in Raúl the Third‘s comics-influenced picture book ¡Vamos!: Let’s Go to the Market! (Versify/Houghton, 5–8 years). The story takes place in and around the bustling Mercado Cuauhtémoc as Little Lobo and his dog Bernabé make their way through the marketplace. ¡Vamos! is part of the debut list of Houghton Mifflin […]

Versify at Harvard Book Store

Last night, we snagged press passes (thank you Spencer at Harvard Book Store!) for an event at First Church in Cambridge, MA, celebrating the launch of Versify, Kwame Alexander’s new imprint with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Alexander — along with Versify authors Lamar Giles, Raúl the Third, and Kip Wilson — are on a multicity bus […]

Review of The Last Last-Day-of-Summer

The Last Last-Day-of-Summer by Lamar Giles; illus. by Dapo Adeola Intermediate, Middle School    Versify/Houghton    289 pp.    g 4/19    978-1-328-46083-7    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-358-04721-6    $9.99 African American cousins Otto and Sheed Alston are local legends in their small Virginia town, often featured in the Logan County Gazette for their daring exploits — getting rid of ghosts, […]

Review of ¡Vamos!: Let’s Go to the Market!

¡Vamos!: Let’s Go to the Market! by Raúl the Third; color by Elaine Bay Primary    Versify/Houghton    40 pp.    g 4/19    978-1-328-55726-1    $14.99 e-book ed.  978-0-358-06340-7    $9.99 Waking up when the rooster crows is not hard to do if the day ahead includes a trip to the mercado. Rooster Kooky Dooky’s cries (“¡Vamos!”) wake up Little […]