This bounce-to-the-beat picture book by America’s favorite rapping teacher from Chicago is a tribute to the sights and sounds of a city neighborhood and the special bond between brothers as they help each other overcome their fears.
Today is June 19th, Juneteenth’s what they say and for my family, it’s a very special day.
But sometimes the hood feels scary when we’re walking around. I wish I could stay home where it’s safe and sound. Where the dogs aren’t BARKING, and the cars aren’t HONKING, and the streetlights aren’t FLICKERING.
But when Big Bro tells me it will all be okay, I know the noises can’t hurt me and ruin my day.
About the Author
Dwayne Reed is America’s favorite rapping teacher from Chicago and the author of the Simon B. Rhymin’ series. He is known for his viral music videos and hit songs, “Welcome to the 4th Grade” and “Welcome to Kindergarten.” When he’s notwriting, rapping, or teaching, Dwayne canbe found presenting at educator conferencesacross the US, or loving on his beautiful wife,Simoné, and their son, Chase. All Good in the Hood is his debut picture book. He invitesyou to follow him on Twitter and Instagram@TeachMrReed.
Gladys Jose is the illustrator of Fresh Princess and The Elephants' Guide to Hide-and-Seek, as well as a chapter book series for EPIC! Books. Gladys lives in the sunny state of Florida with her husband and daughter. They spend most of their days trying to recall if they had carpet or tile underneath the mountains of toys and books. She invites you to visit her online at gladysjose.com or follow her on Instagram @gladysjoseillustrates.
“An endearing story … The sweet family dynamics, particularly between the brothers, carry this story, which is less concerned with Juneteenth’s history than it is about depicting an upbeat, modern celebration.” —Booklist
"Reed’s conversational rhymes and Jose’s cartoon-style digital illustrations capture the celebratory air of the family’s local Juneteenth festivities, the heightened state of the main character’s emotions, and the bolstering support that a close family relationship can bring."—Publishers Weekly