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Book Review

Publisher's Note:

A Newbery Honor Book A Caldecott Honor Book A Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book A Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book An Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award Book An Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Honor Book A Society of Illustrators Gold Medal Book Named one of the best books of 2017 by NPR, the Huffington Post, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, the Horn Book Magazine, the News & Observer, BookPage, Chicago Public Library, and more The barbershop is where the magic happens. Boys go in as lumps of clay and, with princely robes draped around their shoulders, a dab of cool shaving cream on their foreheads, and a slow, steady cut, they become royalty. That crisp yet subtle line makes boys sharper, more visible, more aware of every great thing that could happen to them when they look good: lesser grades turn into As; girls take notice; even a mother’s hug gets a little tighter. Everyone notices. A fresh cut make…

Overall Book Review:

The Fresh Cut is a 2018 Newbery Honor Book.  It is a picture book, with vivid illustrations in bold colors that feel joyful; the visual focus of the illustrations is faces and individuals.  The prose is lyrical and reads more like poetry, perfectly catching the cadence of the character’s voice so the words are more heard than read.  Be sure to read the author’s note and then go back and read the book again for a full appreciation of the work. (As a picture book with only 32 pages, this is completely doable.) With an empowering message, readers will be left feeling like they, too, can do anything.


Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  None

Sex/Nudity:  Character thinks the girls at school will be impressed by his new haircut.

Mature Subject Matter:

None

Alcohol / Drug Use:

None

Overall Book Rating
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Violence/Gore
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10

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An accountant and CPA by profession, I found myself a book reviewer for Squeaky Clean Reads by happenstance. When the opportunity came to transform that website into Compass Book Ratings, I was excited to seize it and meld my business background with my love of books. As the mother of three teenage sons, I have read a large number of children and young adult books and I believe that there is great value in a content review service. As much as we would love to read everything our children read, there just isn’t enough time. I also appreciate being able to select books for myself that are really worth my precious and limited reading time. I believe there is a book out there for everyone–they just have to find it!