A profound visual testimony to how much changed while we all had to stay inside and how much—painfully, mournfully—stayed the same.
Artful, cathartic, and most needed.
— Kirkus Review STARRED REVIEW
There's nothing Reynolds can't do, and his readers know it. This creative, timely reflection will be particularly admired by teens seeking change. It’s essential reading.
— Booklist *STARRED REVIEW*
As Reynolds’s lines depict Black people facing police brutality, Covid-19, and general concerns regarding safety, Griffin’s captivating collages literally and metaphorically capture a constant state of worry and panic, leading to visual moments that encourage the reader to find solace and inspiration in the everyday.
— Publishers Weekly *STARRED REVIEW*
This powerful title may become the memory book for how we made it through troubled times.
— The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, *STARRED REVIEW*Ain't Burned All the Bright
is a gripping, emotional look into the life of a Black family living through what is evidently the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Shelf Awareness, *STARRED REVIEW*
Griffin’s art is the linchpin of the book. He skillfully juxtaposes vast spaces of black and white with color and texture; canvas tape and speckled paint make images feel urgently dimensional, while the blank spaces feel expansive.
— Bookpage, *STARRED REVIEW*
The poem and images create an authentic young adult narrator trying to grapple with the confusion and fear of the double pandemic (COVID-19 and systemic racism) he is facing.
— Horn Book Magazine, *STARRED*
Reynolds’s breathtakingly poetic prose melds seamlessly with Griffin’s effective multimedia images to capture a story of our time that should be read by everybody. This is a must read.
— School Library Journal, *STARRED REVIEW*