A Boy and His Mirror

by Marchánt Davis (Author) Keturah A Bobo (Illustrator)

A Boy and His Mirror
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

The bestselling illustrator of I Am Enough brings to life the story of a boy whose mirror gives him a whole new way of seeing himself.

Chris loves his long, curly hair, so why do his classmates tease him about it? When he looks for answers in his mirror, something wonderfully wild and weird happens: a lady appears with wise words that make him feel like a king! But when he starts acting like a king at school, it's time for another visit to the mirror.

Actor Marchánt Davis's uplifting picture book debut encourages us all to look beyond hairstyles--reminding us that styles come and go--and to celebrate one another for who we are. #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator Keturah A. Bobo's stunning art brings Chris and his mirror to vibrant life.

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Publishers Weekly

Inclusivity begins with self-assurance and connection, suggest Davis and Bobo in this expressive rhyming ballad centering a Black child with long curls. Chris likes his hair, but when kids start to tease, he's not sure how to respond. At home, a regal Black woman emerges from a mirror with advice: "In a faraway land, child, / you'd look like a king./ They'd love you just as you are--/ tell you, 'Don't change a thing.' " At first he interprets the message literally, "showing bling, acting cool" after arriving at school in a crown. Following more schoolyard cruelty, he tries again, urging the group to "stop judging, quit calling names." Everyone readily agrees, and final scenes present youth of varied skin tones beaming as they energetically race around the playground. Realistic acrylic and digital artwork incorporates geometric patterns while foregrounding the protagonist's emotions as they grow toward confidence. Ages 3-7. (Jan.)

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Review quotes

"Bright, evocative acrylic illustrations bring Chris and his diverse group of peers to life as he learns to love and accept himself. . . . Empowering message. . . . The highly textured illustrations work in conjunction with the lyrical text across the double-page spreads, moving the story along at a steady pace. A rousing display of pride and self-love and a reminder of the importance of kindness." —Kirkus Reviews
Marchánt Davis
Marchánt Davis is an actor, writer, and producer originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A Boy and His Mirror is his picture book debut. As an actor he is known for his performance in the 2019 film The Day Shall Come. He also played supporting roles in the films Tuscaloosa and A Journal for Jordan. He was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for his performance in Jordan E. Cooper's Ain't No Mo' at The Public Theater. He holds an MFA from NYU's Tisch Graduate Acting Program and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Keturah Ariel Bobo (keturahariel.com) is the illustrator of the #1 New York Times bestseller I Am Enough (by Grace Byers). She is passionate about creating art that inspires, uplifts, and advocates for her community. Keturah has received notable praise for her colorful illustrative style that brings stories to life. She graduated with a BFA from Columbus College of Art and Design and lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her family of entrepreneurs.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Nancy Paulsen Books
Publication date
January 20, 2023
BISAC categories
JUV039140 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
JUV011010 - Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States - African-American
Library of Congress categories
African Americans
Picture books
Stories in rhyme

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