5Q - the excellent quality of the reading makes the the text stand alone without the illustrations of graphic formats - an impressive feat.5P - parents will love this both for story and the fact that it will keep multiple children enthralled for a 4 hour car ride. Kids will love it because it's a wonderful tale, well told.
4Q - some sentiments and descriptions are well beyond most of the YA range, although very beautifully rendered, and with a naked honesty that is deeply touching.3P - sadly, this is not likely to appeal to mainstream YA very strongly, although it really does deserve to.
5Q5PAn accessible look at Dr. King, with warm, inviting illustrations. Good basic information (particularly appended), but not too heavy for young readers. Rappaport doesn't soften up the story of Dr. King overly, but still leaves it appropriate to picture book aged audiences - not an easy balance, but deftly attained here.
Deceptively simple writing weaves the reader in to stories of the author's early years in the Bronx. Characters are drawn with clean, deft stokes that bring a remarkable cast to life as richly full, complex, almost heart-breakingly real people, just as their influence mapped out the makings of the author. Hargreaves' encompassing settings and spare, clear language transport the reader to a time and place that are no more, and we are improved by the journey.