Naomi V. Dunsen-White
"In this chapter book featuring Black characters, the author delivers clear messages about the value of validation and support from caregivers and teachers like Johari’s, who encourage students to explore
self-expression and creative thinking.
Dunsen-White crafts Johari’s “greatest adventure story ever” as a tale-within-a-tale, deftly illustrating how the fifth-grader uses his imagination to come up with ideas and put them all together. Throughout, Johari’s sense of accomplishment, affirmed by his caring parents (his dad’s daily send-off: “Make this your best day yet, Little Man.…learn something new and do something great!”) comes through naturally, page after page.