By Bookpage

Bird is the poignant story of one young boy who uses the power of art to cope with the realities of his beloved brother’s drug addiction. Zetta Elliott’s tender, understated story of Bird and his older brother Marcus is illustrated with grace by newcomer Shadra Strickland. Capturing the tragic story with her own nuanced paintings and the pencil sketches of the young Bird, Strickland strikes the right chord between serious and joyful. . . . This is a story that needs to be told, and telling it with illustrations makes it more accessible to younger readers.