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Boogie Boogie, Y’all by C. G. Esperanza, illustrated by C. G. Esperanza

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40 pages

Author-illustrator C. G. Esperanza delivers a celebratory ode to graffiti and the Boogie Down Bronx through an infectious read-aloud beat and colorful illustrations that leap right off the page! Perfect for fans of Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut and Keith Haring.

An NPR Best Book of the Year, ALSC Notable Children's Book of the Year, Odyssey Award winner, Pura Belpré Honor Award winner, New York City Book Award winner, and Audie Award finalist!

The city is alive with vibrant art in every corner of the parks, the shops, the trains. But most people are too busy to see it—or worse, choose to ignore it! When three children stop to marvel at the art around their community, they realize it’s up to them to show everyone else how truly special it is when art and reality dance together so seamlessly.

Boogie boogie, y’all.

The city boogied all day.

Busy, busy, busy,

Till one kid stopped to say,

Woah, woah, woah!

Look at the art on the wall!


"Neon colored pictures explode off the pages with dramatic perspectives... Edge-to-edge rich with the details of city life. Purchase anywhere—everywhere!—an appreciative take on the vibe and culture of urban life is needed." - School Library Journal (starred review)

“Joyful, vibrant scenes. This ode to graffiti art offers a fresh take on its role in the beautification of the urban landscape.” - Booklist

“Joyful, vibrant scenes. This ode to graffiti art offers a fresh take on its role in the beautification of the urban landscape.” - Booklist

"Esperanza establishes a groovy rhythm in this celebration of art and music, set in the Bronx. Adult readers will appreciate nods to Keith Haring and Basquiat, while readers of all ages will enjoy the richly detailed cityscapes. A lovingly rendered, upbeat recognition of contemporary art forms, and a salient reminder to revel in art, culture, and community." - Publishers Weekly

"How refreshing to read a picture book that centers the experience of the many children growing up in diverse cityscapes and acknowledges the unique beauty of cities and the many forms urban art can take. A book boogie." - Kirkus Reviews

“C.G. Esperanza’s joyous picture book, the graffiti, sounds and scenes of the Bronx are a feast for the eyes and ears. Combined with a rhythm and beat perfect for reading out loud, Boogie, Boogie, Y’all is a party on every page and everyone is invited.”  - NPR Books

“After one listen, the print book will never feel the same, but one listen is surely just the beginning for this standout, immersive, wholly original audio celebration of art, creativity, and imagination.” - Booklist (starred review)

PUBLISHER: Katherine Tegen Books (August 10, 2021)

FORMAT: Hardcover