Big Boys Cry

Random. Jun. 2019. 48p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781524773205.
K-Gr 2–Levi is nervous about his first day at a new school; with tears in his eyes, he tells his father that he is scared. Not knowing what to do, his father says “Big boys don’t cry!” and sends him off. However, along his way, Levi encounters all kinds of adults crying. Proud men, rich men, musicians, poets, bikers, grandfathers, husbands, and sailors. Each man has his own, often tender, reason for shedding tears. When Levi arrives at school, he finds that it isn’t so scary! Upon his return home, he sees his father waiting for him with tears in his own eyes. Levi sweetly imparts his newfound wisdom to his father: big boys do cry. The two embrace and enjoy an evening together in the glow of the setting sun. This book is emotional with a meaningful message. The illustrations are outstanding. Howley’s art is vibrant, detailed, and visually interesting.
VERDICT With its much needed message and beautiful illustrations, this book is a highly recommended purchase for any library.

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