The #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of I Am Enough Advanced praise for A Boy and His Mirror: “A rousing display of pride and self-love and a reminder of the importance of kindness.” —Kirkus Reviews
Debut author and actor Marchánt Davis joins forces with the bestselling illustrator Keturah A. Bobo to bring to life the story of a boy whose mirror gives him a whole new way of seeing himself.
Marchánt Davis’s uplifting picture book debut encourages us all to look beyond appearances—reminding us that while styles come and go, celebrating one another for who we are, never goes out of fashion. New York Times bestselling illustrator Keturah A. Bobo’s stunning art makes A Boy and His Mirror a standout among books that celebrate hair by showing the changing nature of what’s in style. As our main character Chris says, dang, it’s only hair. So let it fly! And claim your style.
Chris loves wearing his hair long, so why do his classmates tease him about it? When he looks for answers in his mirror, something wonderfully unusual happens: A lady appears with wise words that make him feel like a king! But when he starts acting like a king at
school, it’s time for another visit to the mirror. This time, the woman gives Chris some good advice that he happily shares, about being less judgmental and offering respect to all. The message goes over well, and Chris couldn’t be happier—demonstrating the power of empathy. His willingness to put himself out there leads to some kids approaching him, and plenty of playground fun. Chris feels good knowing he was able to clear the air, say how he feels, and stay true to himself.
Marchánt Davis is an actor, writer, and producer originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A Boy and His Mirror is his picture book debut. As an actor he is known for his performance in the 2019 film The Day Shall Come. He also played supporting roles in the films Tuscaloosa and A Journal for Jordan. He was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for his performance in Jordan E. Cooper’s Ain’t No Mo’ at The Public Theater. He holds an MFA from NYU’s Tisch Graduate Acting Program and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Keturah Ariel Bobo (keturahariel.com) is the illustrator of the #1 New York Times bestseller I Am Enough (by Grace Byers). She is passionate about creating art that inspires, uplifts, and advocates for her community. Keturah has received notable praise for her colorful illustrative style that brings stories to life. She graduated with a BFA from Columbus College of Art and Design and lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her family of entrepreneurs.
To learn more about A BOY AND HIS MIRROR or to speak with Marchánt Davis and Keturah A. Bobo, please contact Jordana Kulak at JKulak@penguinrandomhouse.com
A BOY AND HIS MIRROR
Written by Marchánt Davis, illustrated by Keturah A. Bobo Nancy Paulsen Books; Hardcover; $18.99; Ages 3-7 ISBN: 978-0-593-11055-3; on sale January 3, 2023
Praise for the #1 New York Times Bestseller I Am Enough, illustrated by Keturah A. Bobo:
“An ode to self-confidence and kindness from actor and activist Grace Byers, this picture book depicts girls
of diverse body shapes and skin tones.”—Publishers Weekly
“A simple but powerful poem. Needs to be read by everyone.”—Booklist “A feel-good book about self-acceptance.”—Kirkus Reviews
“A gentle and worthy message.”—School Library Journal
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