Hey, Wall: A Story of Art and Community

By: Susan Verde

Illustrator: John Parra

Author’s note. Illustrator’s note. Full-color acrylic illustrations.

ISBN: 9781481453134

JLG Release: Dec 2018


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Walls , Street art , Neighborhoods , City and town life , Community

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Walls do not just create barriers and divide spaces. They can be canvases for artmaking; opportunities to shape a community. A little-boy protagonist directly addresses the neglected wall that faces his house: “You are nothing to look at. / You are cold, / old, / empty.” In a community whose better economic days seem past (the boy’s grandma Walls do not just create barriers and divide spaces. They can be canvases for artmaking; opportunities to shape a community. A little-boy protagonist directly addresses the neglected wall that faces his house: “You are nothing to look at. / You are cold, / old, / empty.” In a community whose better economic days seem past (the boy’s grandma “talks of a time when our neighborhood was beautiful”), where the children “cheer for the tiny flowers pushing through the / cracks in the sidewalk, reaching for sunlight,” the boy decides to take action. “I am a writer, a creator / a game changer, / a wall changer,” he declares, which sparks a community effort to turn the wall into a public mural. “Now you tell the real story of us.” Parra’s acrylic illustrations are in a similar palette to and display the same warmth as his work in Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos (rev. 3/18). A range of skin tones is represented; the children’s clothing is shown in deep reds, greens, and oranges; and the wall itself evokes the texture of bricks that have been painted over with a shade of cornflower-blue. Author and illustrator endnotes explain the impetus for the story and place murals within a larger context of art history, public art, and activism. julie hakim azzam

Book Details

ISBN

9781481453134

First Release

December 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

9" x 9"

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level 520L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Paula Wiseman

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Walls, Street art, Neighborhoods, City and town life, Community,

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