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My Man Blue

4.32  ·  Rating Details ·  98 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
Blue lost one boy to the streets and is determined that this time will be different. And Damon knows that even though he's the "man of the house," there's room for a friend like Blue in his life. At the end of the day, Damon has someone standing steadfast in his corner. Someone true . . . like Blue. Nikki Grimes's moving poems and Jerome Lagarrigue's bold paintings create ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published December 30th 2002 by Puffin Books (first published May 1st 1999)
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Debbie Hoskins
Until I married, my son didn't have a constant man in his life. Of course, it wasn't a virgin birth, so he had a biological father. My husband came into my son's life when he was six.
Jerome Lagarrigue's paintings get the emotion JUST RIGHT.
I love the title poem, copyright Nikki Grimes:

His leathery skin's
Like indigo ink
This rugged dude
Who some folk think
Looks fierce in clothes
Of midnight black.
Then there's his teeth:
One gold, three cracked.
And I suppose
The shades could go.
He wears t
Feb 25, 2015 Alison rated it it was amazing
This was a heart rendering story about a young boy and a step father. I love the first poem that depicts the boy puffing out his chest and searching the man with an inquisitive eye to see if he is trustworthy. This reminds me of some children I have met in the past. I would read this to my children or have them read it independently to compare two pieces of poetry or to read for comfort.

get this book, leave it around the house or classroom. read it to the kids.
shows how to be friend, how to mentor, what toughness is, how to treat women.

and if you only use this during African American Month you're wasting eleven months of the year.
Savannah Martin
Feb 04, 2017 Savannah Martin rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry-books
This poetry book was one of a kind. I like how the poems all sort of relate back to the relationship between himself and Blue. My favorite part was when the little boy gave Blue a hard time when they first met and at the end of this book he mentions that he wants to be just like Blue one day. If I were to use this in my classroom I would use it to talk about people and that you should never judge someone before you even meet them.
Feb 07, 2017 Nicole rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry-books
I love this book because it covers a lot of different subjects. This book gives you a look into a young boys relationship with a neighbor. Every poem tells you of a different aspect of their relationship, and you can see the characters grow throughout them. This book would be a good one to have on hand for lessons on poems, and life lessons in general.
Laura Molinario
Mar 09, 2017 Laura Molinario rated it really liked it
Picture Book
My Man Blue is a collection of poems that tell a story about the friendship of Blue and Damon. “Blue”, an adult, lost one of his children to the streets and shortly after meeting Damon, becomes a role model as Blue doesn’t want Damon to make the same mistakes as his child did. Although at first Damon did not like Blue because (1) Blue knew his mother from childhood and (2) Damon wanted to be the man of the household. The collection of poems begin with a detailed description of Blue and an illus ...more
Grimes, Nikki, and Jerome Lagarrigue. My Man Blue: Poems. New York: Dial for Young Readers, 1999. Print.
This is a wonderful book narrated by a young boy without a father. It is in poetry form. The boy's mother's friend, Blue, takes him under his wing and provides guidance for him. The boy is learning not to listen to the kids who are putting him down for doing "the right thing". Damon, the boy, is learning to follow his own mind. This book is a good read for intermediate aged girls or boys as we
Nov 18, 2012 iram rated it it was amazing
Grade/Interest Level – Upper Elementary (3rd Grade)
Reading Level: N/A
Genre: Poetry
Main Characters: Damon, and Blue
Setting: Urban neighborhood
POV: Damon’s point of view
Rating: 5 stars

This book tells the story of a boy who is living with his mother. His father is absent from his life, but as he moves into the neighborhood he is introduced to Blue, his mom’s old friend from grammar school. At first Damon is skeptical of Blue given his rugged demeanor, but as the days pass they grow to be inseparabl
Margaret Boling
Jan 02, 2013 Margaret Boling rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book, poetry
9/6/13 ** I've been reading 1-2 poems at the very end of the school day to my fourth graders. This has been a very popular selection for free choice reading since I've started it. Thank you Ms. Grimes for a variety of poems that hang together with a narrative arc, provide a range of topics that many kids can "enter the book through," and that help us think of the world through others' eyes.

1/2/13 ** Had the privilege of hearing Nikki Grimes speak at a conference in July 2012 where she performed
Katie Mccue
Oct 16, 2010 Katie Mccue rated it it was amazing
Each poem in this book builds on the previous one to describe how a man and a young boy become friends and how they both have something to offer one another. The boy does not have a father because he left and the man lost his son to the streets. The man is described as Blue and he helps the boy learn life lessons through examples he sets. Blue is described as having a very tough side and a very soft side to him. The boy decides he wants to be like Blue when he grows up, but he wants the soft sid ...more
Nov 10, 2009 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
My Man Blue is a story that is told in a poetic format. The story is about the relationship between a you boy named Damon and his friend Blue who is a man. Blue is seen as a “gentle giant” that Damon met when he and his mother moved to the area. The boy was protective of his mother and saw himself as the only man in his mother’s life. He then took a closer look at Blue and decided he “might give him a chance.” Blue had lost his son “to the streets” and he explains to the boy that he like
Erica J
Jan 26, 2011 Erica J rated it really liked it
My Man Blue is a story of a young African American boy being raised by a single mother who befriends a man named Blue. Damon is apprehensive when it comes to getting to know Blue. Blue lost his own son to the streets and doesn't want the same thing to happen to Damon. The story is an assembly of narrative poetry and vivid illustrations. Blue teaches Damon life lessons, morals/values that a father would teach his son. For example, a girl at Damon's school teased, taunted, and hit Damon. However, ...more
Quiana Coston
Nov 22, 2016 Quiana Coston added it
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Summary: The main character, Damon and his mom moves back to his mother's past neighborhood where he is introduced to Blue. At first Damon is not thrilled to meet his moms old friend but the two form a nice bond that is much needed in both of their lives. illustrations correlate perfectly with the text.

Review: Nice poetic way to allow readers to feel the characters emotions and follow them through Damon and Blue's journey together. I like how the main characters are African A
Danielle Foster
Sep 20, 2016 Danielle Foster rated it really liked it
Shelves: el230
This story does a great job of using poems to tell a story. It would be a good book to read aloud to kids so that they can hear the rhyming and rhythm of the words. It teaches a lesson that there is always room for a new friend. I like how the story shows that the young boy sticks to his beliefs and doesn't give into peer pressure when his peers make fun of him. This is a great lesson for kids to learn early. This is one of the first poetry books that I have read. I have never really like readin ...more
I was all set to be annoyed at this book, I don't know why... but I really liked this book. I thought the characters were so deep. Each page is like a little poem and then the whole book together is a story. The main characters develop a relationship that resembles that of parent and child, but also mutual respect and friendship. In very little space Grimes creates a strong believable bond between an adult and a child.
Kahari "Tony Motana" MIxon
Nov 12, 2010 Kahari "Tony Motana" MIxon rated it really liked it
This book was a good book because it was about a boy who had no dad and a man who lost his child. They begin to bond good together. The main character is the little boy and Blue. There is no conflict. I liked the book because it was about them to being there for each other. Other people who read this would like it most-likely.
This is a very inspirational book that tells a story through poetry. Each page tells a story that is represented in poem form. It shows the value of trust and respect. It also allows you to see the life of a child who is exposed to the "streets". It would be a book some children could relate to and find inspiration in.
Jul 19, 2012 Tracey rated it really liked it
Making Meaning Grade 4 Resource Kit

good book, about a father role model for a child who does not have one
Katie Carlisle
May 06, 2014 Katie Carlisle rated it it was amazing
This story can be useful to read to students to show that there's room for someone new even if someone has left you before. I think it is full of emotion!
Awesome story about the development of a relationship between a boy and his mom's boyfriend told in verse. The illustrations are awesome.
Nov 22, 2013 Angelicab rated it it was amazing
I think it is really good because it has all those emostion in each poem and some times it gets to you. I learn that you mom or dad friend can end up you seeing them as a dad or mom.
Sep 27, 2010 Carol rated it liked it
This story is a great book of poetry about a friendship formed between an adult who lost his son and a child who lost his father.
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wonderful story!!!
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