Brooklyn Bat Boy: a book review
**I was offered this book, Brooklyn Bat Boy, for free in return for an honest review.**
It’s not often that I do invest some time on book reviews, but this time was an exception. I decided to hop on board with the Multicultural Children’s Book Day.
Brooklyn Bat Boy is a must-read for anyone interested in introducing or adding multiculturalism to their family outlook.
The book’s setting (the 1940’s prior to the Civil Rights Movement, based in New York City) is crucial to the plot and development of the story. Readers will learn about the personal struggles of Jackie Robinson and see racism and the slow healing of those feelings begin to unfold throughout the course of the story and the characters involved.
If your kids aren’t familiar with civil rights and the tension between blacks and whites during this era, this book helps to put the very realistic feelings of the characters into perspective. (Visiting the Civil Rights Museum in Birmingham, Alabama was a great eye opener for my daughter a few years ago.)
I would personally recommend this book for 5th grade and older (that’s only my recommendation). It’s a chapter book intended for comfortable readers with a storyline that requires empathy from the reader. The book is well written, though, and certainly takes younger readers into consideration.
I also noticed various instances in the story when the author could have spelled out uncomfortable words (think: a racist word used in place of “negro”), but for the sake of the audience made general references to it instead. Also, I thought the development of the story and the portrayed, candid truth behind what happened to Jackie Robinson made the story realistic and believable. It was crafted nicely.
The fact that the story doesn’t end perfectly, as all humans are flawed, allows the reader to draw conclusions about how much work had to be made in the following years for America to truly reach progress in the area of race relations.
I’m really grateful to Geoff Griffin for writing this book with the perspective and candid reality with which he did. He definitely made this story entertaining and digestible for younger readers.
More about Multicultural Children’s Book Day
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/17) is its fourth year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness on the ongoing need to include kid’s books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.
Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content. Using the Multicultural Children’s Book Day holiday, the MCBD Team are on a mission to change all of that.
Current Sponsors: MCBD 2017 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board. Platinum Sponsors include Scholastic, Barefoot Books and Broccoli. Other Medallion Level Sponsors include heavy-hitters like Author Carole P. Roman, Audrey Press, Candlewick Press, Fathers Incorporated, KidLitTV, Capstone Young Readers, ChildsPlayUsa, Author Gayle Swift, Wisdom Tales Press, Lee& Low Books, The Pack-n-Go Girls, Live Oak Media, Author Charlotte Riggle, Chronicle Books and Pomelo Books
Author Sponsor include: Karen Leggett Abouraya, Veronica Appleton, Susan Bernardo, Kathleen Burkinshaw, Maria Dismondy, D.G. Driver, Geoff Griffin, Savannah Hendricks, Stephen Hodges, Carmen Bernier-Grand,Vahid Imani, Gwen Jackson, Hena, Kahn, David Kelly, Mariana Llanos, Natasha Moulton-Levy, Teddy O’Malley, Stacy McAnulty, Cerece Murphy, Miranda Paul, Annette Pimentel, Greg Ransom, Sandra Richards, Elsa Takaoka, Graciela Tiscareño-Sato, Sarah Stevenson, Monica Mathis-Stowe SmartChoiceNation, Andrea Y. Wang
We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also work tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.
Also, be sure to check out the Multicultural Children’s Book Day ebook which is now available on Amazon. It’s FREE to everyone January 26th-January 30th. (Of course if you have KindleUnlimited it’s free for you all of the time.)