Uptown by Bryan Collier

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 6 Critic Reviews

unrated

Synopsis

Discover the vibrant world of Harlem, New York, as seen through the eyes of one little boy who lives there.

"Uptown . . .
Harlem, New York.
Chicken and waffles.
Jazz.
Home."

Uptown is a rich mix of flavors, colors, sounds, and cultures that come together to create a vibrant community like no other in the world. Seen through the eyes of one little boy who lives there, the details of life in Harlem are as joyous as a game of basketball on a summer's afternoon and as personal as a trip to the barbershop where old-timers reminisce.

Bryan Collier's spare, poetic text and beautiful, intricate illustrations evoke every aspect of Harlem, from the legendary Apollo Theater to chocolate-colored brownstones, weekend shopping on 125th Street, and the music of Duke Ellington. Uptown is the winner of the 2001 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award.
 

About Bryan Collier

See more books from this Author
Bryan Collier began painting at the age of fifteen and earned a B.F.A. with honors from the Pratt Institute in New York. Mr. Collier lives in Harlem, where he directs mural programs throughout the city for any child who wants to paint. This is the first picture book he has both written and illustrated.
 
Published June 1, 2000 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Uptown

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

Collier debuts with a set of dazzling paint-and-photo collages paired to a child’s tribute to his Harlem neighborhood.

| Read Full Review of Uptown

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

Collier's (These Hands) watercolor and collage artwork effectively blends a boy's idealism with the telling details of the city streets in this picture book tour of Harlem. Played out to the refrain o

May 29 2000 | Read Full Review of Uptown

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

"Collier's watercolor and collage artwork effectively blends a boy's idealism with the telling details of the city streets in this picture-book tour of Harlem," said PW .

| Read Full Review of Uptown

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

Collier's (These Hands) watercolor and collage artwork effectively blends a boy's idealism with the telling details of the city streets in this picture book tour of Harlem.

| Read Full Review of Uptown

Book Reporter

Readers get a kicky, vibrant view of life in Harlem, New York, as seen by a boy who lives there.

| Read Full Review of Uptown

Common Sense Media

Kids and adults alike will enjoy each step as the young African-American boy leads them through his neighborhood with its chicken and waffles, rows of brownstones that look like blocks of chocolate, jumping vibes of 125th Street, jazz, barbershops, orange sunsets, and songs of the Harlem Boys Choir.

Jun 01 2000 | Read Full Review of Uptown

Reader Rating for Uptown
80%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 6 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×