Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: Picture book
What did you like about the book? This picture book takes the form of an email that Roy writes to his friend Leroy in Jamaica. Describing his first day of school in his new country of Canada, Roy tells how he woke up to the music of Bob Marley, and then got a Bob Marley button from a neighbor. His pride in his Jamaican heritage is honored and echoed by the his new classmates as they sing Marley’s “One Love” to him on his first day. The beloved Bob Marley button is lost and then found, as the whole school helps Roy look for it. The author ably channels the excitement and trepidation of a child going to a new school, while still missing one’s old friends and country of birth. Acrylics and mixed media in gorgeous deep colors accentuate the warmth of Jamaica and the warmth of Roy’s new community.
To whom would you recommend this book? This will be an excellent addition to book lists on immigration and starting a new school in a new country. Reminds me of Recorvits’ My Name is Yoon. The book is especially recommended for communities with significant Jamaican communities.
Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Picture books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: February 17, 2017