Can We Please Give the Police Department to the Grandmothers?
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Dutton Books for Young Readers
April 04, 2023
10.84 X 9.26 X 0.36 inches | 0.89 pounds
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About the Author
Junauda Petrus is a writer, pleasure activist, filmmaker and performance artist, born on Dakota land of Black-Caribbean descent. Her work centers around wildness, queerness, Black-diasporic-futurism, ancestral healing, sweetness, shimmer and liberation. Her debut novel, The Stars and the Blackness Between Them, earned a Coretta Scott King honor. She lives in Minneapolis with her wife and family. Kristen Uroda is an artist best known for her vibrant, joyful illustrations. Often softly formed yet boldly colored, her work aims to express beauty in the ordinary moments, celebrate the poetry within diverse faces and figures, and tell stories that inspire reflection and social and civic change. While her career started in editorial illustration, she has most recently moved into narrative illustration with her first picture book. She is currently based in her hometown of Detroit, Michigan.
★ "A reverie of a book, offering criticism delivered with honey about our current state of affairs. It's not at all as far-fetched as it sounds."--School Library Journal, starred review ★ "Lush, luminous, and celebratory, the words and images of this poem turned picture book offer a powerful meditation on intergenerational bonds and community care. [With] jewel-bright illustrations...this moving portrait of a precinct-free world...[capture] the vivacious energy of elders "comfortable in loving fiercely" that's reflected in the language's soaring weightlessness."--Publishers Weekly, starred review ★ "Unconditional love and community-based care lay at the heart of this radical and linguistically delicious picture book that invites conversations about relationships in communities of color. Uroda's luminous illustrations capture the verve, courage, and sensuality of grandmas (who sometimes look like grandpas--a nod to gender inclusivity and complex grand-families); the richness of Black and brown communities; and the resources they possess to heal their own wounds."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review