Be Boy Buzz

What does it mean to be a boy? Can we perfectly capture the essence and energy of young manhood? How do we celebrate all things boy?

Exuberantly capturing “all things boy”, comes Be Boy Buzz from famed author Bell Hooks. Her bold, poetic writing plunges into the essence and energy of what it means to be a boy – particularly an African-American boy. Soulful illustrations from Chris Raschka perfectly complement Hooks’ trademarked brevity and eloquence.

Leaving readers irresistibly captivated by the delights and contradictions of young manhood, this rhythmic, life affirming book is a must read for anyone yearning to celebrate what it means to be a boy.

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What does it mean to be a boy? Can we perfectly capture the essence and energy of young manhood? How do we celebrate all things boy?

In Be Boy Buzz, famed author Bell Hooks, graces readers with her trademarked and rhythmic blend of brevity and eloquence by exuberantly capturing “all things boy.”

This short story is a must read for anyone yearning to celebrate what it means to be a boy as it perfectly captures the essence and energy of young manhood. Hooks’ poetic piece rises to the occasion of capturing a young, thoughtful, energetic boy as he soars, sulks, runs, jumps, rests, laughs and cries.  

And it gets better with soulful and graceful illustrations from Chris Raschka that perfectly complement the movement and motion of Hooks’ endearing story.

Join this life-affirming journey as readers follow a boy who is simply “in love with being a boy.” Acceptance of the delights and contradictions of young manhood is masterfully conveyed with force in this brief compilation of Hooks’ powerful words and simple sweeps of Raschka’s brush.

“[The] poetry is rhythmic and rolling, each word finessed to fit the pulse of [hooks’s] verse. The lilt of the language is contagious, begging to be read aloud. . . . Raschka’s mixed media illustrations are an energetic dream. . . . Buy it for the boys and all those who love them.”
–Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books

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