Love to Langston

By Center for Children's Books

(The Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books) [T]his offers a treatment of Hughes’s life in a sequence of fourteen poems narrated by Hughes himself. The book devotes several poems to incidents and periods in Hughes’s youth, then branches out to his travels, his love of jazz, and his work and philosophy. [T]here is. . . enthusiasm and energy in [Medina’s] lines and . . . eloquent turns of phrase (“Harlem is the capital of my world/black and beautiful and bruised like me” — “Harlem Is the Capital of My World”). Ultimately, the book’s merit lies in that enthusiasm in tasty slices of Hughes’s life and quick glimpses of his world, which may lead readers to the man’s work itself.