Mama's Boyz: Home Schoolin' is a great way to get kids and young adults to read. And it's also great for you really big kids who love reading comic strips as much as I do. Whether your kids are African American, or not, it's important for them to see "us" in a positive light. So much of what folks see of our race is based on depicting us in a negative, violent, and less than equal manner. Mama's Boyz: Home Schoolin' is a POSITIVE depiction of African-American life! But don't just take my word on it, check out these reviews:
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"Jerry has 'crafted' a book of his comic strips chock full of real people and poignant messages. Accessible to everyone, it provides hours of discussion between those young and older, across ages, races, and other 'borders' both real and imagined. Right there along with an apple a day, try a comic strip a day! -- Elise Klein , President and Founder, Teachers Against Prejudice
Mixing down-home wit with traditional values, Jerry Craft presents a colorful reflection of African-American life that the whole family can enjoy. -- Angela Burt-Murray, Editor-In-Chief, Essence Magazine
Craft's quick wit, artistic skill and deft use of youthful language to bring out life lessons are sure to capture a young person's interest. -- Pamela Toussaint, Author of Great Books For African American Children
Jerry Craft is one of the finest cartoonists and professionals in the business. It is a pleasure to have him as part of the Chicken Soup Series. -- Lisa Nichols, The Secret and Coauthor of Chicken Soup for the African American Soul and Chicken Soup for the African American Woman's Soul
Mama's Boyz is one of my favorite comic strips. Not only do I love to follow Mom and the Boyz as they work in their family bookstore, but I also appreciate how it supports writers and literacy. I even got to appear in a story. How cool is that?! -- Eric Jerome Dickey, NY Times and Essence Magazine best-selling author
"...Your book in my opinion is an educational tool (that also gives immense pleasure as it is truly funny) that I am truly grateful to have found. It is the only book of this nature. My kids are not only reading religiously now but they are learning while having a good time. It is something we are sharing as a family..." --- A Mom
"His sense of humor, his clean, confident lines and the warmth he conveys in his work are an invitation to see life through his eyes - and I love what I see!! Mama's Boyz feels like 'home.'"
--Lynn Johnston (For Better or For Worse)
The new book is great! It is really funny and I like how you went month-by-month. The dancing Yusuf in the corner was also cool... and clever. Nice!
-- Peter E., age 12, Westport, CT
I really liked this book. You can learn a lot from it and it is easy to relate to the characters, which is good. That means you wrote this very well. Keep writing, you can go far.
-- Dani B., age 10, Norwalk, CT
I thought this book was extremely funny and enjoyable. The characters were funny and had cool personalities. It was very educational and the drawing part made me feel like drawing is fun and easy. I can't wait to see the book in stores!
-- Davie B., age 11, Norwalk, CT
My Auntie had given the first book he did to my sister for her birthday three years ago. She never let me read it when she wasn't in the room because the stories were so good and funny. Now I am definitely old enough to take care of it and she passed it on because she's a big teenager now. Well I am getting the new book when it comes out and Mom says I'll have' two classics from Mr. Craft' that I can share and teach lessons to my younger cousins with!
-- Jourdain D. age 10, Smyrna, DE
Hi!!!! I read your book Mama's Boyz Home Schooln'. I could not put it down. I finished it in 3 days. How can I get your other books?????!!!!! Your book is educational and funny. I do not usually like comic books but I LOVED yours. I got the first one at a Jack & Jill event.
-- Shamsa D, NYC, NY
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