Kirkus gives BIRD….

Posted on Sep 3, 2008 in Books, Illustration | 3 Comments

a starred review!

My editor sent me a glowing review last week from KIRKUS only to find out a bit later that it was actually a starred review! We all did a little dance. Yay. This is what KIRKUS said:

Elliott, Zetta (Starred)

BIRD

Illus. by Shadra Strickland

image Nicknamed Bird at birth, Mehkai idolizes his older brother Marcus. As they mature, both brothers excel in art. However, Marcus’s drug experimentation spirals into an all-consuming addiction. While Bird’s drawings are intricate and controlled, Marcus’s colorful graffiti sprawls, depicting a bird in flight. Bird’s conflicting emotions about Marcus authentically reflect his African-American family’s turmoil when his brother dies. His late Granddad’s friend responds to Bird’s despair with quiet strength: “You can fix a broken wing with a splint / and a bird can fly again / But you can’t fix a broken soul.” Elliott’s sensitivity for her subjects resonates with Strickland’s distinctive mixed-media art. Shifting perspectives and colors reflect Marcus’s deepening addiction; his signature cap alters accordingly. Off-kilter lines exude the random energy and volatility of an addict. In two powerful double-page spreads, a doorway separates the brothers; Bird, flooded in light, reaches for Marcus, but his brother remains in the darkness. With unusual depth and raw conviction, Elliott’s child-centered narrative excels in this debut. (Picture book. 8-12)

3 Comments

  1. nicole tadgell
    September 6, 2008

    Awesome news!! Congratulations, the book looks fantastic, I can’t wait to read it.

    -N

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  2. Andrew Shasta aka Anuj
    September 17, 2008

    Shadz,

    Congrats! That’s so great! When can I see the real deal?

    Haven’t checked your blog in a while so I was wandering around…

    Keep up the hotness!

    Andy

    Reply
  3. Deirdre
    November 14, 2008

    The illustrations are absolutely wonderful…especially the trees.

    Deirdre L. Mitchell

    Reply

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