"Sometimes calling to mind old-time photographs, Velasquez's pleasingly grainy pastels easily convey the movement and speed, determination and triumph at the core of Owens's uplifting story."
-Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Jesse Owens: Fastest Man Alive)
"Using pastels on rough paper, Velasquez mixes scenes of the muscular Owens in action with vignettes of other significant moments, aptly capturing the drama and excitement of the occasion."
-Kirkus Reviews (Jesse Owens: Fastest Man Alive)
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"A must-read for a deeper understanding of a well-connected genius who enriched the cultural road map for African-Americans and books about them."
-Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review) (Schomburg)
"Velasquez’s portraits of these talents are consistently heroic, while pictures of Schomburg himself . . . are warm and full of pride."
-Booklist (Starred Review) (Schomburg)
"Picking up Schomburg's torch almost a century later, Weatherford and Velasquez are continuing to ensure that African history isn't lost."
-Shelf Awareness (Schomburg)
"Schomburg’s ambitions, scholarship, and accomplishments were tremendous . . . and Weatherford and Velasquez more than do justice to them."
-Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Schomburg)
"This excellent work of history illuminates Schomburg and his legendary collection for a new generation."
-School Library Journal (Starred Review) (Schomburg)
"The remarkable life and achievements of the Afro-Puerto Rican scholar, collector and curator Arturo Schomburg have ideal chroniclers in Weatherford (Freedom in Congo Square) and Velasquez (Grandma’s Gift)."
-The New York Times (Schomburg)
"Two African-American scholars have written a poetic biography of Arturo Schomburg, the immigrant who created a library in Harlem to prevent the disappearance of African voices from history."
-Shelf Awareness (Starred Review) (Schomburg)
"A delightful modern tall tale sure to entertain and inspire readers to share (and embroider) their own stories."
"Oil paintings . . . have a lush, generously sculptural feel—a heightened comic realism that’s perfect for this domestic tall tale, its multi-armed nemesis, and the wonderful gatefold twist that occurs at the action’s height."
"Realistic oil paintings bring to life the action and excitement of encountering a giant octopus."
"A hilarious read-aloud that could be read during storytime."
-School Library Journal (Starred Review)
"Per series formula, there is no title on the front cover—just Velasquez's oil portrait depicting her intensity and serious demeanor. Interior illustrations focus on Ruth in every phase of her life and perfectly match the text."
"Velasquez’s striking paintings may fill the whole space or be divided into panels depicting a series of events."
-Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"A golden celebration of the multicultural voices who demand that the U.S.—and the world—do better."
-Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review) (Strong Voices)