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The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, and Harlem's Greatest Bookstore (Carolrhoda Picture Books) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-11-19 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 6 user ratings
ISBN:0761339434
LANGUAGE:English

" The Book Itch is a picture book version of No Crystal Stair and is the story of Lewis Micheaux, Harlem's most famous bookseller. " said.

" Superb illustrations by Gregory Christie. Se also No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller, a book on the same subject for older readers by the same author and illustrator. " said.

" 4.1 starsGot this title from a list of best children's nonfiction books of 2016.The true account of Lewis Michaux and how he opened a bookstore in Harlem that became a gathering place for reading and discussion. The bookstore was frequented by people such as Malcolm X and Mohammed Ali. " said.

" Reading this made me feel so hopeful. I wish that I knew if someone else had opened a store like this. Knowledge is power. Reading brings knowledge. Wisdom is using knowledge in the right way. If only everyone felt this strongly about reading. We could finally have an extra day of the week just to devote ourselves to books. Hooray! " said.

" TED-2360 Text-to-self connection:I really enjoyed reading this book about the National Memorial African Bookstore. I love how the book points out the importance of reading books, and that people from all cultures and backgrounds can and do read. I related to the phrase in the book, "Dad says he got the book itch and needed to scratch it." This describes perfectly the need to read that I feel all the time! It is almost like an itch that can only be scratched by reading! " said.

"Wonderful story about the National Memorial African Bookstore, familiarly known as Michaux's after the owner, Lewis Henri Michaux, great-uncle of the author. The book envisions the bookstore through the eyes of the owner's son, who meets famous African-Americans including Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X, and comes to understand the power of words, history, education, unity, and justice. The store was known as "The house of common sense and the home of proper propaganda." Terrific for elementary school and middle grade readers." said.

"An excellent historical fiction picture book about Lewis Micheaux and his independent bookstore in Harlem, which was an institutional landmark for over forty years - including during the Civil Rights Movement. This particular work imagines Lewis' life in the bookstore from the point-of-view of his son (also Lewis) and reimagines especially the time when Malcolm X visited and was assassinated at a nearby hotel in NYC. Filled with so many important words and ideas from Micheaux, this contains important wisdom from our shared American memory. Accompanied by moving, stark illustrations. Highly recommended." said.

"Picture book biography of Lewis Michaux, friend of Malcolm X and owner of National Memorial African Bookstore in Harlem. Told through the eyes of his son. Researched and written by his niece (once-removed). Inspiring story of realizing one's dreams (opening a bookstore specializing in black history and literature), despite shortcomings (lack of formal education) and obstacles (refusal of bank to grant a loan). Also covers Michaux's friendship with Malcom X and Malcolm X's death. Moving art by Gregory Christie, the best I've seen from him, further enhances the emotional impact of the book. Highlights many memorable Lewis Michaux quotes in the text and on the endpapers. Excellent addition to any civil rights curriculum. Fascinating history for independent reading as well.
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