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Favorite Picture Books of 2013/2014
Black and African American Contemporary Picture Books
120th out of 225 books — 15 voters
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Nov 26, 2013 Alison rated it really liked it
How wonderful to see Caroline Binch's lush illustrations working with Trish Cooke's Dominican-inflected text! A little boy, Christopher, is listening to his Grannie's stories of Ti Bolom, from her Dominican childhood. The call and response of Dominican storytelling, along with the warm relationship between generations (both Christopher and Christophine, his Grannie, and young Christophine and Ma Constance from Grannie's story) makes the book an attractive one to read. Although it may be ...more
After hearing the story of Grannie’s attempts to catch the illusive Ti Bolom when she was living in Dominica in a young child, Christopher attempts to do the same. For such a climatic and engaging story, Christopher’s shortened equivalent version falls flat and provides an anticlimactic ending. I feel like the whole tale would have been stronger if they had left out Christopher’s part, and ended with the uncertainty of where Ti Bolom could be. The drawings are filled with vibrant colors, ...more
May 18, 2015 Katie Logonauts rated it really liked it
This folktale-style story from the Caribbean island nation of Dominica is told through the frame of Grannie telling a story from her childhood to her grandson Christopher. Her story involves the mysterious, mischievous Ti Bolom. Kids will love the repeated storytelling call-and-response as well as the 'is he / isn't he' discussions about Ti Bolom himself.
Apr 17, 2016 Racheal rated it it was amazing
A boy's grandmother tells him a spooky tale of her childhood in Dominica when a mysterious being called Ti Bolom crept around behind her as she delivered food to a family friend. Trish Cooke always writes stories with such a dynamism and flow, and the pencil and watercolor illustrations are gorgeous!